Title

Psychiatric hospital treatment of children with autism and serious behavioral disturbance.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2014

Institution/Department

MMCRI

Journal Title

Child and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America

MeSH Headings

Aggression, Autistic Disorder, Behavior Therapy, Child, Child Psychiatry, Clinical Competence, Diagnosis, Differential, Evidence-Based Practice, Female, Hospitalization, Hospitals, Psychiatric, Humans, Intellectual Disability, Mental Disorders, Self-Injurious Behavior, Treatment Outcome

ISSN

1558-0490

Abstract

Children with autism spectrum disorder are psychiatrically hospitalized much more frequently than children in the general population. Hospitalization occurs primarily because of externalizing behaviors and is associated with behavioral disturbance, impaired emotion regulation, and psychiatric comorbidity. Additionally, a lack of practitioner and/or administrator training and experience with this population poses risks for denial of care by third-party payers or treatment facilities, inadequate treatment, extended lengths of stay, and poor outcomes. Evidence and best practices for the inpatient psychiatric care of this population are presented. Specialized treatment programs universally rely on multidisciplinary approaches, including behaviorally informed interventions.

First Page

125

Last Page

142

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