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Video-Game Addiction and Austism

Autistic, ADHD Kids Prone to Video-Game Addiction

Children with autism spectrum disorders and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have a higher risk of having a video-game addiction. According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, children with autism spectrum disorder spend about twice as much time playing video games than children who don’t have a developmental disability.

"What we found is that it looks like (addictive gaming) was largely driven by inattention," Christopher Engelhardt, one of the study's authors from the University of Missouri in Columbia, told Reuters Health.

The study was based on a survey of parents of 141 boys between the ages 8 and 18. Of those, 56 had an autism spectrum disorder, 44 had ADHD and 41 were developing normally. On average, kids with an autism spectrum disorder played 2.1 hours of video games per day. Children with ADHD spent about 1.7 hours per day, and normally developing kids played about 1.2 hours per day. Kids with an autism spectrum disorder or ADHD were also more likely to have a video-game system in their rooms and were more likely to play role-playing games.

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JeanNystrom JeanNystrom 2 years

I see abosolutely no correlation between ADHD and video-game addiction. This article is incredibly interesting. I used a program called Play Attention with my daughter with complete success. It is a neurofeedback program that taught her to focus, eliminate distraction and basically helped to rewire her mind. She is at the top of her class, has sleepovers, can now share with her brother and most important has friends and guess who is her "bestest friend" now - ME. Even though it appeared to be a game to her it was training her brain at the same time.

GermaineBeuviere21268 GermaineBeuviere21268 3 years
My daughter is autistic and she is a visual learner. I've homeschooled her and learned that she did much better when learning things from video games, videos, etc. She's almost 18 now, about to head off to college, and isn't addicted to video games. I wish people would REALLY try to understand how the autistic brain works before they start generalizing.
LaurieGruber LaurieGruber 3 years
so now apparently children who play video games and role play have a form of autism and are more than likely have and attention disorder.... I am so confused. I think that parents just need to put a limit on what there children can watch and play. I let my son play his DS for 1 hr a day if he is good and does his homework and chores. it seems like everyone has a medical condition now a days. We as a country need to limit the junk food and stop being lazy! that's it and I am not one to judge because I do it as well. but it is a fact that people need to do more things that interact with one another rather that just on a computer or tv all day.
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