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Can Limiting Screen Time Improve Autism Symptoms?

[Source: Science Daily]

New research suggests that substantially reducing the amount of time that young kids with autism spend watching screens could lead to fewer symptoms of the developmental disorder.

In a small pilot study, the parents of nine children with autism ages 18 to 40 months were asked to limit their kids’ screen time to a maximum of one hour per week. Meanwhile, the parents were taught about screen time and child development and were provided with one hour of in-home support each week for their children for six months.

Initially, all of the kids in the study spent at least two hours each day in front of screens. On average, they went from 5.6 hours per day of screen time before participating in the study to about 5 minutes per day.

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