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Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2014 Jan;23(1):111-24. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2013.08.005. Epub 2013 Oct 6.

Residential treatment of serious behavioral disturbance in autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability.

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Devereux Pennsylvania Children's ID/D Services, 390 East Boot Road, West Chester, PA 19380, USA. Electronic address: cmcnelli@devereux.org.

Abstract

For children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and/or intellectual disability, the co-occurrence of serious behavioral disturbance can pose significant health and safety risks, impede normal learning and development, and put great stress on family systems. The complexity and seriousness of the clinical concerns often tax the existing service and funding systems. Although residential treatment has been criticized as an outdated and ineffective mode of treatment, newer models of residential treatment that combine specialized comprehensive services, evidence-based interventions, intensive family support and training, and treatment overlap with community providers can offer an effective and efficient treatment option.

KEYWORDS:

Autism; Intellectual disability; Residential treatment; Serious behavioral disturbance

PMID:
24231171
DOI:
10.1016/j.chc.2013.08.005
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