ERIC Number: EJ1037120
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
A Systematic Review of Interventions Used to Treat Catatonic Symptoms in People with Autistic Spectrum Disorders
DeJong, Hannah; Bunton, Penny; Hare, Dougal J.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v44 n9 p2127-2136 Sep 2014
A systematic review was conducted to examine the efficacy of a range of treatments for autistic catatonia. The review identified 22 relevant papers, reporting a total of 28 cases including both adult and paediatric patients. Treatment methods included electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), medication, behavioural and sensory interventions. Quality assessment found the standard of the existing literature to be generally poor, with particular limitations in treatment description and outcome measurement. There is some limited evidence to support the use of ECT, high dose lorazepam and behavioural interventions for people with autistic catatonia. However, there is a need for controlled, high-quality trials. Reporting of side effects and adverse events should also be improved, in order to better evaluate the safety of these treatments.
Descriptors: Intervention, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Mental Disorders, Literature Reviews, Outcomes of Treatment, Drug Therapy, Behavior Modification, Sensory Training, Energy
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