Video Games: An Autism Benefit

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By Deborah Mitchell for

A hallmark of autism is difficulty with social interaction and communication, and therapy typically involves trying to boost these skills. But what if activities that seem antisocial, namely screen-based technology such as video games and computers, can help children with autism spectrum disorder? Could video games be good playmates?

Video games may be good therapy

The latest research indicates that 1 in every 68 children has autism spectrum disorder, and this one statistic presents untold challenges to families, schools, and society as a whole. In the scramble to develop and initiate effective ways to treat autism, one of the many approaches to emerge concerns the use of screen-based media, as it’s been noted that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) spend most of their free time avoiding social situations and instead engaging with computers and video games.

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