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Elaine Uskoski

Elaine Uskoski

Eye Spy Health Inc.

Several years ago, Elaine Uskoski faced one of the biggest crisis of her life when she learned her youngest son Jake was addicted to video gaming. She put everything on hold to deal with the magnitude and seriousness of his obsession. At the time, there was little known about this type of addiction and Elaine found herself focusing all her energy on research, learning everything she could so she could help her son. She married this insight with her 18 years’ experience in social service work and health and wellness With knowledge, patience and perseverance Elaine was able to successfully help Jake regain his physical and emotional health. She chronicled her experiences in her book “Seeing through the Cracks” and now shares her powerful message of hope and awareness through her work as a coach for parents and speaker.

Elaine has been featured by many media outlets including CBC’s The National, The Wall Street Journal, CBC Radio, CHCH, and Rogers TV

One More Level: Video Gaming Addiction

My goal is to create more awareness to parents, teachers, and/or front line workers in this very topical subject of Video Gaming Addiction. I share my personal story of my son’s addiction. I share the numerous aspects of addiction including: the personal and professional toll, economic/social impact on both the gamer and their family. I offer statistics, information (including the 9 signs that your child could be addicted to video gaming), prevention, resources and tips for managing technology.

All talks include a 30 minute Q & A with the audience afterwards.

Category

Health & Wellness
Goals & Growth

Time Length

60 mins

Type of Presentation

Keynote

Key Elements
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The 9 signs you may be addicted to video gaming

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Statistics for Video Gaming Addiction and the risk factors

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Tips to prevent video gaming addiction

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Resources for help for those who are addicted

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Other Topics

  • Mental Health & Technology – a 30 minute presentation for employees and community members to learn how technology is affecting their mental health and have tips for managing their time on a digital device in a healthier manner.

I’m very glad I attended Elaine’s visit to Humberview. Her talk was informative, and I really appreciated her sharing her own account of the challenges she faced with her son’s video gaming addiction. This allowed the audience to relate, and help recognize some of the red flags of potential problems arising or existing. She also shared resources that can help families get the help they need.

Christine Calzato

Parent - Bolton, Ontario

Elaine’s heartfelt and compassionate way of sharing her story, while speaking opens a door that shines light on video gaming addiction.  She is able to not only help other parents but invites a non-judgmental discussion with youths who may be struggling with this addiction.

Christine Veres

Health Practitioner - Canada

In the fall of 2017 I met Elaine after attending her presentation at Mindfest at U of T. Her story provided new insight to the growing challenge of raising our children to become resilient and balanced adults. In this new post i-phone age, we are all finding our way to maintain meaningful connections and a healthy technological diet.

Elaine’s personal story as a parent navigating these challenging waters when faced with a situation of imbalance in her family was informative and realistic and hopeful.

Her story reminded me to not be scared to see through the cracks either as a parent or as a professional when a loved one is struggling to restore healthy relationships.

Elaine subsequently met with a small group of parents facing the challenges of an unhealthy overuse of technology and thanks to her non-judgemental manner and her compassion, these parents are now more confident in their innate ability to support the healthy development of their children and their families in this technological age.

Most importantly, Elaine models for ALL parents the value of voicing our joys and our struggles in order to gather knowledge and strength from each other in these challenging modern times.

Giselle Signoroni, MSW, RSW

School Social Worker, Toronto Catholic District School Board

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