Newtown Recovery Project to hold forum on video game addiction

The Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project will hold a forum for parents on April 24 to discuss video game addiction, The Newtown Bee reports.

The forum will be lead by Mark Augustine, a licensed marriage and family therapist from Wellmore Behavioral Health, Rosa Baldino, who holds a Master of Social Work degree, and Leanne Fuccillo, a school counselor.

"The forum will provide information on the definition and criteria for video game addiction, the psychology of video game addiction, signs a child may need help, what makes them so addicting, negative consequences of gaming addiction (physical, social, etc.) and treatment," according to the publication.

Formed in the aftermath of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. that ended the lives of 20 children and six adults, the Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project holds parent-focused forums that have discussed managing "challenging behaviors" and teaching "effective problem-solving skills." A forum to be held April 23 will discuss "springtime stress management."

A summary report released in November 2013 found no link between the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, and video games. For more on the developments in the wake of the shootings, you can read Polygon's StoryStream and our coverage of the Sandy Hook Arcade Center.

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