Video Games and Autism: What Every Parent Needs to Know

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Video games and autism have been the subject of much dispute, coverage and controversy over recent years. With conflicting studies finding everything from problematic and addictive use, to data suggesting that interactive games serve as viable learning tools for children dealing with the challenges of autism and ADHD, the varied findings can make it difficult for parents to make sense of it all.

In our week-long series covering the intersection of digital media and autism, we’ve summed up the research on games and autism, laid out the pros and cons, and have provided parents with common-sense strategies for managing the use of games and technology in the home.

Below, you’ll find a run-down of all our coverage, from ways to restrict the use of games, to what types of games are best for these populations of children, to simple, tech-friendly activities parents can incorporate into their digital lives. We strongly recommend you read over each article to gain a broader scope of how games affect children diagnosed with autism, and follow our tips and recommendations to find a balanced approach right for your family.

Our Series on Autism in the Digital Age:


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