Navigating Services: During the COVID-19 Pandemic and as Restrictions Ease
Juggling life through the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging. But if you are someone living with autism and/or intellectual disability, or a family member caring for someone with autism and/or intellectual disability, this may be an especially stressful time. The loss of routine, connections with others and the shut down of services and places to go for support, may be causing additional stress and challenge. Changes in the way that we normally live may lead to isolation, and perhaps cause a setback in developmental or behavioural gains. It may be very hard for caregivers without the supports and helpers that they received prior to the pandemic.
Antipsychotic Medication Paired with Intensive Behavioural Intervention: An Effective Aggression Reduction Strategy in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Children and youth (average age of 11 years) with autism and displaying aggressive behaviour were divided into groups based on medication regimen used/not used. Therapists and teachers rated aggression and adaptive behaviour.
Police and Autism – Training Video
This training video developed with the support of the RCMP, the Vancouver Police Department, and the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform, provides information for police officers on best practices to improve community safety for the autism community.
Defining Crisis in Families of Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Parents of children with autism may experience mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. ‘Crisis’ was described by mothers to occur when they were unable to meet the demands in their lives and lacked sufficient external resources. Interventions can address causes of crisis.
Community-based Respite Care May Help Decrease Psychiatric Hospitalizations in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders
This US-based study examined home/community support and its impact on psychiatric hospitalizations among children with autism. The researchers examined hospitalizations for psychiatric reasons, use of community-based services, and autism therapy services.
Different Rate of Emergency Service Use in Girls and Women with Autism Compared to Boys and Men
A larger proportion of women and girls with autism were found to use psychiatry and emergency department services when compared to men and boys with autism. Women and girls are often under-represented in autism research, and it is important to explore their service needs.
Predictors of Emergency Service Use in Adolescents and Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder Living With Family
This study addressed emergency service use by people with ASD, including engagement with police and paramedics, and emergency department visits. Proactive care planning and training for staff and families are advised.
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