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Taylor, Briana J.; Sanders, Kevin B.; Kyle, Marie; Pedersen, Kahsi A.; Veenstra-Vanderweele, Jeremy; Siegel, Matthew – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2019
Psychiatric hospitalization of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is common, but there is little comparative information available on different psychiatric hospital treatment models. Children with ASD ages 4-20 were enrolled upon admission to either a specialized (N = 53) or a general child psychiatric unit (N = 27). Caregivers completed…
Descriptors: Psychiatric Hospitals, Patients, Children, Adolescents
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Stedman, Amy; Taylor, Briana; Erard, Michael; Peura, Christine; Siegel, Matthew – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2019
Despite significant advances in autism research, experts have noted that children severely affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) appear to have been understudied. Rigorous analysis of this observation has been limited, and the representation of severity has not been well-described. We assessed three domains of severity (communication ability,…
Descriptors: Children, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Disproportionate Representation
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Righi, Giulia; Benevides, Jill; Mazefsky, Carla; Siegel, Matthew; Sheinkopf, Stephen J.; Morrow, Eric M. – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is associated with significant healthcare expenditures and a greater utilization of psychiatric health services. High utilization may not be evenly distributed across individuals with ASD. The objective of this study was to identify individual and family characteristics that increase the risk of psychiatric…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Health Services
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Pedersen, Kahsi A.; Santangelo, Susan L.; Gabriels, Robin L.; Righi, Giulia; Erard, Michael; Siegel, Matthew – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018
Psychiatric hospitalization of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is relatively common and occurs at a higher rate than in non-ASD youth. This study compared changes in the severity of serious problem behaviors in 350 youth with ASD enrolled in the autism inpatient collection during and after hospitalization in six specialized child…
Descriptors: Psychiatry, Mental Disorders, Children, Autism
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Handen, Benjamin L.; Mazefsky, Carla A.; Gabriels, Robin L.; Pedersen, Kahsi A.; Wallace, Meredith; Siegel, Matthew – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018
Limited information about self-injurious behavior (SIB) is known for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who require intensive behavioral health interventions. We examined risk-factors for SIB in 302 individuals with ASD (ages 4-20) admitted to six specialized psychiatric inpatient units. Seventy-four percent were reported…
Descriptors: Self Destructive Behavior, Children, Adolescents, Behavior Problems
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Kuriakose, Sarah; Filton, Beryl; Marr, Mollie; Okparaeke, Eugene; Cervantes, Paige; Siegel, Matthew; Horwitz, Sarah; Havens, Jennifer – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2018
Youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are psychiatrically hospitalized at high rates. Though specialized psychiatric units are effective, few specialized units exist. The ASD Care Pathway (ASD-CP) was developed as a scalable approach to improving care in general psychiatric units through staff training and a package of autism-specific…
Descriptors: Children, Adolescents, Youth, Psychiatric Hospitals
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Siegel, Matthew; Milligan, Briana; Chemelski, Bruce; Payne, David; Ellsworth, Beth; Harmon, Jamie; Teer, Olivia; Smith, Kahsi A. – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2014
Psychiatric hospitalization of children with autism spectrum disorder and/or intellectual disability is common, however, the effectiveness of this intervention is largely unknown. Thirty-eight clinically-referred children 8-19¬†years old admitted to a specialized inpatient psychiatry unit were assessed by a consistent caregiver on the Aberrant…
Descriptors: Children, Hospitalized Children, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Siegel, Matthew; Doyle, Kathleen; Chemelski, Bruce; Payne, David; Ellsworth, Beth; Harmon, Jamie; Robbins, Douglas; Milligan, Briana; Lubetsky, Martin – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2012
A cross sectional survey was performed to obtain the characteristics of specialized inpatient psychiatry units exclusively serving children with autism and other developmental disorders in the United States. Identified units were surveyed on basic demographic characteristics, clinical challenges and therapeutic modalities. Average length of stay…
Descriptors: Autism, Psychiatry, Children, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Siegel, Matthew; Beaulieu, Amy A. – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2012
This paper presents a systematic review, rating and synthesis of the empirical evidence for the use of psychotropic medications in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Thirty-three randomized controlled trials (RCTs) published in peer-reviewed journals qualified for inclusion and were coded and analyzed using a systematic evaluative…
Descriptors: Evidence, Autism, Pharmacology, Drug Therapy