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.
Autism Inpatient Community
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?
Children and adults with autism face depression at higher rates than the general population. Once their depression is recognized and diagnosed, what treatments work best for them? (Part 2 of a two-part series).
Mark was becoming more aggressive and distracted. What was happening to this 9-year-old with autism? (Part 1 of a two-part series on depression.)
Can therapeutic horseback riding help children with autism connect to a larger world?
Self-injury – hitting, scratching or biting oneself – is a particularly challenging behavior often found in autism. Find out what causes it, and what treatments can help.
Have you struggled to find a mental health provider with experience in autism? Some child psychiatrists say providers need more training in ASD.
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?