Plugged in: Electronics use in youth and young adults with autism spectrum disorder

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Plugged in: Electronics use in youth and young adults with autism spectrum disorder

The paper aimed to look at both the benefits and problems with electronics use in young people with an autism spectrum disorder and compare this with electronic use in young people without autism.

The data was collected using an online survey of parents in the USA and Canada.  Young people with ASD appeared more likely to use certain electronics and electronics use appeared to be significantly more likely to have a negative impact on young people with ASD than with children without ASD.  In conclusion the authors suggest that more research is needed to support families of young people with ASD to manage electronics usage to avoid problems.

Publisher: Sage

 

Link to article: http://aut.sagepub.com/content/20/1/45.full.pdf+html

Link to abstract: http://aut.sagepub.com/content/20/1/45.abstract?rss=1

Authors: Jennifer A MacMullin, Yona Lunsky and Jonathan A Weiss, Article first published online: February 18th 2015, Autism January 2016 vol. 20 no. 1 45-54