The Relationship Between Parent Anxiety Severity and Response to Anxiety Treatment in Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Parental anxiety was examined relative to anxiety in youth with autism. Parents with a higher level of anxiety tended to identify greater anxiety in their adolescents. When youth responded favourably to anxiety treatment, parents were reported to experience decreased anxiety.
Feeling Different From Others May Be Linked to Depression in Youth with Asperger Syndrome
Individuals with Asperger Syndrome (AS) may face challenges related to depressive symptoms. Children and teens with AS who negatively compared themselves to others were found to have more depressive symptoms. Interventions aimed at assisting these young people with these negative thoughts are warranted.
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.
A Review of Emergency Department Visits Made by Youth and Adults with Autism from the Parent Perspective
Individuals with autism typically access the emergency department more frequently than peers without autism. Parents in this study generally reported satisfaction with their child’s care, but provided recommendations to improve quality of care.
Factors Related to Taking Many Psychotropic Medications in Individuals with Autism
Psychotropic medications are reported to often be used to treat mental health and behavioural issues among adolescents and adults with autism. This study examined elements that have a bearing on such treatment.
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.
Suicide Attempts and Symptom Severity for Adults With Asperger Syndrome
This study addresses suicide risk among adults with Asperger Syndrome. The summary concludes that it is important to raise awareness about mental health concerns that these individuals may face, and mental health interventions are advocated.
Skills Training Group for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Outcomes of an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-based Program
This intervention study examined the impact of a skills training group with daily mindfulness exercises for junior high and high school students. Positive outcomes were found.
Mothers of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Psychiatric Disorders May Experience High Levels of Burden
Mothers of an individual with autism and co-existing psychiatric problems reported higher levels of burden and poorer relationships with their child than mothers of an individual with autism only. Families in which the child has additional psychiatric issues may need additional supports.
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.
Effects of Risperidone for Children and Adolescents With ASD
This study examined dosing of risperidone among children and youth 5 to 17 years. Researchers sought to find the lowest dose still effective in reducing irritability among participants with autism, and examined medication side effects.