Should we give different media guidance for young children with ADHD, autism?

Every child develops his or her own relationship with media from the time infancy. However, researchers have hypothesized that some children are more “susceptible” to the negative effects of media use and are more likely to develop problematic media habits.

Several studies, for example, have shown that children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) develop more excessive media use habits in early childhood and school years than children without these neurodevelopmental differences.

In clinic, providers often see this in the intense, fussy toddler whose parents calm him down with a tablet; school-age children with ADHD whose preference for videogaming starts to displace physical activity, sleep or homework; or anxious youngsters who have nightmares after seeing a frightening YouTube video.

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10th October 2017
AAP News