What can be an autism emergency?
Situations in which emergency room visits might be required for an individual with autism could include – physical aggression, disruptive behaviour, and physical harm to the self.
Which professionals can help in an autism emergency?
Psychiatrists could prescribe medications to manage symptoms in case of an autism emergency situation.
How to prevent an emergency for autism?
Consult profressionals regularly for consistent treatment support which can help the autistic individual reduce any problematic behaviours and enhance their communication, interpersonal, and other life skills. These professionals could include a psychiatrist, a psychologist, an occupational therapist, a speech therapist, etc.
What can the family do to deal with an autism emergency?
The family can rush the individual with autism to the Emergency Room of the nearest hospital. They can let the hospital staff know that the individual has autism and give them information regarding the individual’s behaviours and mannerisms. This can include how the individual shows pain, how he/ she answers when asked a question, if the individual has trouble communicating, any particular sensitivities or unusual reactions to sensory inputs, etc. Let the staff know to talk to the individual in simple directions – one direction at a time.