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date: 15 July 2020

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This chapter provides a model that extends the current resources available for crisis behavior assessment and intervention for youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and co-occurring psychiatric conditions who are in crisis stabilization settings. Visual diagrams and intervention materials incorporated into this chapter illustrate the use of both preventative and responsive behavior management strategies that can be implemented in a time of crisis to stabilize and treat the psychiatric patient with ASD. The chapter begins with a review of a contextual method for evaluating and understanding the function of the presenting crisis behavior by considering the multiple issues that can underlie the crisis presentation. Working from this contextual model, the chapter then provides a blueprint for implementing intervention strategies to address crisis behaviors. This includes a table illustrating key elements to consider when developing a behavior intervention plan for dissemination and generalization.

Keywords: psychiatric, behavioral crisis, autism spectrum disorder, interventions, hospitalization

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