Helping Your Adolescent with Asperger’s Syndrome

If your teen has become violent or suicidal, it’s essential to take immediate action to ensure everyone’s safety.  This may include:

  • Enlist the help of a family member or friend / make sure your teen isn’t left alone
  • Contact your teen’s therapist or doctor asap
  • Take your teen to the nearest hospital ER
  • Call 911

A brief hospitalization may be necessary, especially if your teen is actively suicidal.

When Individual or Regular Outpatient Treatment isn’t Enough

While many teens with Asperger’s (and a stable, supportive home environment) do well with a comprehensive outpatient individual treatment program (discussed above), others need a higher level of treatment.  This is even more likely if your teen is battling more than just AS.  More intensive levels of treatment include:

  • Intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) / Psychiatric day treatment
  • Residential treatment
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Inpatient psychiatric treatment

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