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Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2018 Apr;27(2):203-219. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2017.11.013.

Electronic Screen Media Use in Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Department of Psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina, Project Rex, MUSC Autism Spectrum Foundation, 67 President Street, Charleston, SC 29425, USA. Electronic address:
Department of Psychiatry, University of New Mexico, 2400 Tucker Avenue NE, MSC 095 030, Albuquerque, NM 87111, USA.
Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children, Charlestown Health Care Center, 73 High Street, Charlestown, Boston, MA 02129, USA.


Electronic and social media play a prominent role in the lives of children and teenagers. Evidence suggests youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) use media differently than typically developing peers, and some of these differences place them at greater risk for negative health outcomes related to unhealthy and improper use of media. Such outcomes include physiologic, cognitive, social, emotional, and legal/safety problems. However, several technology-aided interventions have emerged to help youth with ASD across multiple domains. Parents of youth with ASD may benefit from several recommendations and resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


Autism spectrum disorder; Electronic media; Family media interventions; Healthy media use; Internet addiction; Screen time; Social media; Technology-aided interventions


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