Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Early screen exposure associated with increased ASD-like symptoms

An analysis of 2,152 children showed that screen viewing at age 12 months was associated with a “modest [but] notable” increase in autism spectrum disorder-like symptoms at age 2 years, though not an increase in ASD risk, researchers reported in JAMA Pediatrics.
Additionally, the study showed that daily parent-child play also was modestly associated with fewer ASD-like symptoms at age 2 years compared with less than daily parent-child play, according to David S. Bennett, PhD, a professor of psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine, and colleagues.