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Will playing video games help my autistic son?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: Gotta go with No

Occasionally video games are used as a reward in aba.
Tv or video time is not recommended for any child <2 yrs. Old, because they've been proven to delay language in any toddler. Impairments in social communication & reciprocal social interaction must be treated by a human. Technology is not reciprocal & may be "self-stimulating." a few apps can be used like books for joint attention.

In brief: Gotta go with No

Occasionally video games are used as a reward in aba.
Tv or video time is not recommended for any child <2 yrs. Old, because they've been proven to delay language in any toddler. Impairments in social communication & reciprocal social interaction must be treated by a human. Technology is not reciprocal & may be "self-stimulating." a few apps can be used like books for joint attention.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine

In brief: Sometimes

Sometimes this can help with hand eye coordination and be used as a diversion.
And give a sense of accomplishment. Beware though that some children can hyperfocus on the video game and almost become addicted to it. 1 university level education expert suggested no more than 10 hours of 'screen time' a week for kids. This would include tv, dvd, computers and video games. Remember moderation is good.

In brief: Sometimes

Sometimes this can help with hand eye coordination and be used as a diversion.
And give a sense of accomplishment. Beware though that some children can hyperfocus on the video game and almost become addicted to it. 1 university level education expert suggested no more than 10 hours of 'screen time' a week for kids. This would include tv, dvd, computers and video games. Remember moderation is good.
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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Pediatrics

In brief: No

The use of video games will not do anything to improve the achievements of your autistic son, although it may calm him for a short time.
There may be computer assisted language programs that may be helpful. Aba therapy is probably the most effective therapy for autistic children.

In brief: No

The use of video games will not do anything to improve the achievements of your autistic son, although it may calm him for a short time.
There may be computer assisted language programs that may be helpful. Aba therapy is probably the most effective therapy for autistic children.
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
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