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Thompson Center Research Studies Offer Practical Insights For Parents

April 24, 2013

Researchers from the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorders and the MU School of Health Professions have discovered that children on the autism spectrum use television and video games more than their typically developing peers. They are also more likely to exhibit addictive behaviors centered around media. Problematic video game usage appears to be associated with oppositional behaviors. However, discovering what children on the autism spectrum find motivational about video games could help researchers develop therapies using similar technology.

Story by:  Mizzou Weekly

Several recent studies by researchers at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorders might eventually help children with an autism spectrum disorder lead better lives.

Micah Mazurek, a clinical child psychologist at the Thompson Center, has completed two studies suggesting that children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)-which includes autism and Asperger syndrome-are more likely than children without the malady to become obsessed with video-game playing and watching television.

Mazurek studies screen-based media use among 202 children and adolescents with an ASD and 179 of the children’s siblings who have no developmental disorder.  The ASD group spent more time playing video games and watching TV.  Meanwhile, the typically-developed children spent more time in physical activities and on social media such as Facebook.   See more…

 

 

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