Treatment & Therapy

Study Finds Inpatient Autism Treatment On The Rise

The number of children with autism who are being hospitalized — often due to mental health concerns — is on the rise, particularly among teens with the developmental disorder.

Federal Autism Panel Raises Concerns Over DSM Changes

A federal advisory panel is urging clinicians to be careful when applying new diagnostic criteria for autism in order to ensure that no one is denied needed services.

Report Finds Access To Mental Health Care Uneven

The ability to access a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health provider can vary dramatically depending on where you live.

Feds Double Down On Developmental Screening

With a new initiative, the Obama administration is looking to expand developmental and behavioral screening for children across the country.

Behavior Problems May Be Best Addressed At Pediatrician

Kids are much more likely to participate in behavioral and mental health treatment when they can access it directly at their pediatrician’s office, a new study finds.

Pediatricians Update Guidelines For Off-Label Drugs

A leading pediatricians’ group is urging doctors to use evidence and their best judgement in prescribing “off-label” drugs, a common practice with kids with autism and other disabilities.

Medicaid Expansion Expected To Strain Mental Health Services

As more people become eligible for Medicaid, experts say accessing psychiatrists, psychologists and other professionals often relied on by those with disabilities may be difficult.

New Recommendations Guide Treatment For Those On The Spectrum

For the first time in 15 years, a major psychiatric organization is updating its practice guidelines for treating kids and adolescents with autism.

Follow-Up Lacking On Kids Flagged By Autism Screening

Despite a heavy emphasis on expanded screening for autism, a new study suggests that little is known about whether such efforts are leading to earlier diagnosis and treatment.

Which Autism Interventions Work Best?

A new federally-funded review of thousands of studies finds that there are more than two dozen autism interventions worthy of being called “evidence-based.”

FDA OKs Blood Test For Intellectual Disability

A first-of-its-kind blood test that can help diagnose intellectual disabilities and developmental delays in children is getting the go-ahead from the FDA.

Health Law Adds Coverage For Developmental Disability Services

A little remarked upon requirement in the health law expands treatments for those with developmental disabilities. But experts are concerned that insurers may find ways to skirt the new rule.

Despite Unknowns, Alternative Autism Treatments In Demand

Many parents are turning to unproven treatments to help their kids with autism and other developmental delays, a new study finds, including some methods that carry serious risks.

New Autism Screening Tool More Reliable, Study Finds

A revamped screening tool that relies on parents answering just 20 questions is far more accurate than previous assessments at helping flag young kids at risk for autism, researchers say.

Study Finds Sensory Therapy Has Merit For Kids With Autism

A therapy that uses play to teach children with autism to tolerate sound, touch and other potentially-challenging sensory experiences can be beneficial, new research suggests.

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