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19 November 2013

Computer time makes autistics sleep less

Kids with autism are prone to sleep disturbances, and a study found that screen time, especially in the bedroom, may make their sleep problems worse.

Kids with autism and related disorders are prone to sleep disturbances but a new study finds that screen time, especially in the bedroom, may make their sleep problems worse.

Past studies suggest that up to 80% of kids with autism, and related conditions like Asperger's disease, experience sleep troubles, including difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep through the night.

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"Scientists have long known that video games are great at teaching and reinforcing certain behaviours, so it's possible that these games can be used to adjust and shape the types of behaviours generally valued by society, such as behaviours intended to help others."

 
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