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Presented at the 18th Annual Research Conference

Caring for Children with Autism: The Community Mental Health System's Role

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Session Number: 1000 Room: Salon E & F

Presenting: David Mandell

All Authors for this paper: David Mandell; Cynthia Zubritsky; Maytali Novak

Presentation Type: poster presentation

Synopsis: We surveyed 1,025 caregivers of children with autism about their service experiences. Over 80% of children used services delivered through the mental health system; 41.1% used a psychotropic medication and 79.9% used cognitive or behavioral treatments. Most children engaged in self-injurious or aggressive behavior (77.2%), or had a diagnosis in addition to autism (42.4%) that indicated the need for mental health treatment. Parents (19.7%) and siblings (6.5%) often received counseling. The mental health system is the de facto service provider to families of children with autism, and should increase awareness of the needs of these families and build capacity to meet those needs.


Session Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Presentation Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM