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Supporting professionals working in learning disability and autism services

Are autistic young people more vulnerable to gaming addiction?

Cyber bullying and sexual predators. These are the twin evils parents are told to be mindful of when an ever-growing chunk of their child’s life is spent online. And while no one can doubt that these threats are real and sinister, particularly for autistic youngsters who may be socially naïve, they are not the only online menace. Four years ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially recognised gaming addiction as an illness. And over the years, several groups of researchers have concluded that young people with autism are more vulnerable to the condition. The curtains are always drawn, blocking out


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