Children, young men and young women who have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) utilize mental health services to undertake behavioral problems and to apply treatment to mental health disorders like depression and anxiety.
Published in the present issue of Psychiatric Services, Sarah Narendorf, who is a social work doctoral candidate at the Brown School of Washington University in St. Louis said that more than 46% of children who have an ASD utilized mental health assistance during the past year. She said that 49% of the children that utilized mental health assistance received the assistance at school.
Narendorf also concluded that African-American children who are from families with low incomes were more probable to get assistance at school. Teenagers who have autism often times have a need for assistance with a lot of issues which includes mental health, educational, and medical problems, said Assistant professor at the Brown School and study co-author, Paul Shattuck PhD.
The children are often connected with many systems of assistance provisions that includes specialty clinics, doctors, hospitals, schools, etc. The ramification of needs, connected to the multiplicity of receiving assistance, puts an enormous burden on the child’s family.
Narendorf said that the data accent the significance of supplying firm transition arrangments for mental health assistance as young men and young women with ASDs depart from high school. She also said that the ones who have accessed assistance at school are particularly at risk for discontinuation of assistance as they relinquish access to assistance that they receive while they were in school. It is particularly important for African American’s and students of families who are low income because they are more apt to receive their assistance in a school atmosphere.
They used the U.S. Department of Education’s National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 for their study, which is a study of 10 years that involved a nationally ideal sample of more than 920 children from 13 to 17 years of age who have autism that were registered in special education.
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