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The study, authored by Micah Mazurek, PhD of the University of Missouri, and Christopher Engelhardt, PhD of the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, appears online in “Pediatrics.”
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Researchers examined questionnaires completed by parents of 56 boys with autism and 44 boys with ADHD between the ages of 8 and 18. Parents of 41 boys without these disorders also completed questionnaires. The questionnaires asked for information on the amount of time the children spent playing video or computer games.
with [autism] and those with ADHD may be at particularly high risk for significant problems related to video game play, including excessive and problematic video game use. Children with [autism] and those with ADHD experience difficulties with impulse control and response inhibition, and these problems appear to be closely related to video game preoccupation.”
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The authors of the study cautioned that a causal relationship should not be drawn from these findings and that further study is needed.
- Set a good example and limit your own screen time to two hours per day
- Use a screen time chart to track family usage
- Make a house limit of two hours of screen time and enforce it
- Don’t put a television or computer in your children’s bedrooms
- Provide children with other options instead of playing video games
This article originally appeared on Examiner.com.
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