Do speech problems really fuel challenging behavior in autism? A study of youth with autism in psychiatric hospitals calls that "prevailing assumption" into some question, while pointing to another influence.
Aggression and autism
Children and teens with autism are more likely to be admitted to a hospital for mental health care than their classmates. Researchers wanted to know why.
Carla Mazefsky became fascinated with autism in college. Inspired by her job teaching a boy with autism, she wanted to make a difference in the lives of others on the spectrum. Follow the path she took in this quest.
Antipsychotic drugs have become something of a "go-to" treatment for the most severe behavior in autism. They're prescribed frequently to children and adults. What are the risks and benefits?
Sarah, 12, arrived in a psychiatric unit wearing a helmet to protect her when she banged her head. She frequently hit, bit herself, and refused to eat. She couldn't communicate. Previous hospital and residential treatment stays failed to help her. Was the potent mix of puberty and her severe autism to blame?
News reports have highlighted alleged high-profile crimes by people with autism spectrum disorders in recent years. But media speculation aside, what do we really know about autism and violent crime?
A boy with autism fidgets as he struggles to stay focused and calm in class. Is his behavior due to autism alone, or does he also have ADHD? New recommendations call on doctors to consider other conditions in patients with ASD.
Autism Research Survey Results - Live
When Luther Kalb worked at a hospital unit for children with psychiatric problems and developmental disabilities, he heard "horror stories" about the children entering the hospital through the Emergency Room (ER). Later, he became part of a research team that created the first large study of psychiatric-related ER visits for children with autism. The study reached interesting conclusions about how often children with autism visit the ER and why their insurance might play a role.