Boys who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely to spend excessive amounts of time playing video games compared to boys without ASD, MedPage Today reported.
In a study published in Pediatrics, researchers examined video game use – as reported by parents – in 56 boys with autism spectrum disorder, 44 boys with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and 41 boys with typical development. All of the study participants were between 8 and 18 years of age.
Children with ASD spent an average of 2.1 hours playing video games every day, compared to only 1.2 hours for their typically-developing peers. Boys with ADHD also spent more time playing video games than typically-developing children, but the difference was not statistically significant.
A video featuring Memphis QB Jacob Karam and a young cancer patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been making the rounds on social media.
Karam stopped by the hospital to help with a scavenger hunt and played some music with 11-year old Breanna Bercegeay, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia on June 4. The two instantly became best friends.
“This little girl came up to me,” Karam told CBSSports.com, “and somebody said she wanted to sing. She was very shy, I could tell, and she had the mask on. I asked, ‘What’s your favorite song?’ She said Price Tag. I didn’t know how it was going to go, but she started belting it out. I tried to figure it out on the key, started backing her up a little. She sang her heart out, and it sounded beautiful.”