Helping Your Adolescent with Asperger’s Syndrome

Intensive outpatient treatment or psychiatric day treatment can vary in terms of the amount of time spent in treatment and how often (e.g. twice a week, 5 days a week) your child is required to go.  These programs are the next step up from regular outpatient treatment.

Residential treatment involves having your child stay at a non-hospital treatment facility that specializes in treating adolescents with ASD and other mental health disorders.  Residential treatment typically lasts between 30 to 180 days, depending on the disorder and its severity.

Dual diagnosis treatment may be necessary if your teen has a serious substance use disorder.  This can occur on an outpatient or residential level.

Inpatient psychiatric treatment is involves admitting your child to an adolescent psychiatric hospital unit where medical staff is monitors patients 24/7. It may last for a few days to a few weeks, and is particularly beneficial for adolescents who are an imminent danger to themselves or others, usually due to severe depression, psychosis, or mania.

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