Dr. Kourosh Dini Honored with 2009 Mom's Choice Award

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Psychiatrist Honored for Breakthrough Parents' Video Game Guide.

Video Game Play and Addiction

Certain games can allow children to learn how other people think -- a key aspect of empathy -- and can help foster those skills needed to make an individual a productive and caring member of society.

Video Game Play and Addiction: A Guide for Parents (iUniverse) has been selected as the 2009 Mom's Choice Awards® Silver Recipient in the Family and Parenting category. Written by child and adult psychiatrist Kourosh Dini, M.D., Video Game Play offers a definitive assessment of video games' impact on children, including on their physical and emotional health, and educational and social development, while providing advice for parents overwhelmed and under informed about the games their children play.

The Mom's Choice Awards (MCA) is an annual awards competition that recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services. Awards are decided by an esteemed panel of judges comprised of award-winning educators, journalists and television producers, best selling authors, noted business professionals, child specialists and parenting experts. The 2009 MCA judges included such renowned names as Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Julie Aigner-Clark, LeAnn Thieman, Dr. Letitia S. Wright, and Bettie B. Youngs.

As author of the winning book, Dr. Dini receives national media and trade show exposure, book promotion opportunities, an award certificate, and a supply of MCA embossed seals. The Awards' seal symbolizes to parents and educators that the book is best-of-class material for children and families.

This is Dr. Dini's first book.

"I am truly proud to receive this important award," said Dr. Dini. "And it's especially wonderful to be recognized by the top educators and child experts in the country. The Award validates the message I'm giving to parents while assuring them that they can rely on the content of my book to help them understand their child's activities and game choices."

The solutions offered in Video Game Play and Addiction are based on Dr. Dini's personal and professional research, interviews and an almost endless supply of resource material documenting both the good and the not-so-favorable.

"Games have lots of benefits, which unfortunately, parents aren't always aware of," he says. "Certain games can allow children to learn how other people think -- a key aspect of empathy -- and can help foster those skills needed to make an individual a productive and caring member of society."

Video Game Play and Addiction, while intended primarily for parents, will benefit anyone interested in keeping game play responsible, safe, stimulating and fun. The book retails for $15.95 and is available through iUniverse.com, Amazon.com, and http://www.videogameplayandaddiction.com.

In addition to his thriving practice in the Chicagoland area, Dr. Dini is an accomplished pianist noted for his classically-inspired new age piano and electronic music. He has performed live throughout Chicago and within the Second Life virtual world. To date, he has released six solo albums for his own record label, Life in Music.

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