treating children computer & video games Summer 2008 Issue of ADDitude Magazine

ADHD and Video Games: Is Your Child Addicted?

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Any child will tell you: Video games are fun and exciting. It turns out they can be educational, too. Gaming can improve eye-hand coordination, and may foster positive social interactions.

Children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) or little athletic interest or ability have an opportunity to compete in a different way, and to form friendships with like-minded gamers.But as solitary gaming steals time from sports, studies, or other peer activities for kids, an interest can become a video game addiction.Recent surveys show that children spend an average of 49 minutes a day on video games.

If a child’s video game console is in the bedroom, play time increases dramatically, to nearly three hours. Parents may unwittingly contribute

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