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Is psychiatric inpatient care the best treatment for my 8 year old grandson?

He is hurting himself and has even hurt his younger sisters on one occasion. He doesn't sleep through the night,and still is not potty trained.His speech is coming at last but it's a slow process.He is a genius on the computer, but we have to find a way to clm him down.

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Asked by ann2011 at 2:23 PM on May. 24, 2011 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • Has he not been evaluated by this age yet??

    Answer by maxsmom11807 at 2:24 PM on May. 24, 2011

  • He needs to be evaluated and try outpatient treatment first. Inpatient should be a last resort when nothing else works.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 2:25 PM on May. 24, 2011

  • whats his DX to start

    Answer by letstalk747 at 2:27 PM on May. 24, 2011

  • My daughter has been trying to get help since he was 18 months old.He has been evaluated by a pediatric neurologist and a pediatric psychiatrist at age 6 for ssd,who finally gave him a diagnosis of autism.Other than that,we have been nothing but stonewalled.

    Comment by ann2011 (original poster) at 2:37 PM on May. 24, 2011

  • Keep pushing. If you've only been working with private providers, it might be time to look at your county's department of mental health services.

    Answer by gdiamante at 2:39 PM on May. 24, 2011

  • Seeing he has been DX'd with Autisim, he doesn't need inpatient care. He just needs treatments. The school should be able to help you set things up. Keep fighting for him so he can get the treatment he needs and deserves. Search Cafe Mom for groups for children with Autism. There are many that have people that can help you out.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 2:40 PM on May. 24, 2011

  • Keep Pushing & GOOD luck!!!!

    Answer by sstepph at 9:10 AM on Jun. 10, 2011

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