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Transition indicator for autism spectrum disorders

Part of the Academic Workshop Autism – Do it Together!
Publication date: 01 January 2014

Although psychiatric disorders such as autism do not stop at the age of 18, reaching the age of adulthood comes with a care transition from child and youth Psychiatry to adult psychiatry, with partly different laws and regulations. The experiences with this transition of youths with autism, their parents and care providers have hardly been tested yet and we know only little about effective interventions for transition in care for autism.

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The Research Centre of Innovations in Care is part of the Academic Workplace Autism – Do it Together! workgroup “Zorgtransitie” (Care transition). This workgroup aims to bundle the practical knowledge and research in a new care standard with usable interventions.

Psychiatric disorders, such as autism, do not stop when adulthood is reached, but, as in accordance with the law, the child- and youth care for these young adults does stop when they turn 18. These age limits cause a break in the provision of care, which leads to worse results and avoidance of care. The differences in the approach and treatment between both sectors are huge, resulting in young adults with autism falling between two stools. There is not only an organisational separation between child- and youth psychiatry and grown-up psychiatry, but there are often great differences in the approach, fields of interest and treatment. All of this impedes the continuity of care at an essential moment in life.

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