When is inpatient psychiatric care indicated for autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?

Updated: Sep 30, 2019
  • Author: James Robert Brasic, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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In December 2015, an expert panel released 11 consensus statements on best practices for inpatient care of children with autism. The panel recommends that children with ASD or intellectual disability (ID) can be treated in general inpatient psychiatric units, with specific accommodations. The recommendations also set out the information that should be obtained from children on admission, including the child's preferences, means of communication, reinforcement items, sensory sensitivities, etc. Also emphasized is the importance of screening for co-occurring medical and psychiatric conditions. [146]


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