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200 Hours in Emergency Room For Family of Autistic Boy

FutureNote: Tots become teens. Tweens become twentysomethings. What will happen when the tsunami of children with autism hits puberty and adulthood and their behaviors need support that frankly doesn't exist in our medical world? We closed our institutions decades ago in America. Will a new population of neurological injury and challenging behaviors be a catalyst to create new institutions? In the story below, the 11 year old with autism is said to have had a "psychotic break." He's 11!  There were no crisis beds available. The push to neurodiversity has covered up this harsh reality. While abc lulls the nation with The Good Doctor and TV viewers now think Sheldon is the face of Asperger's (I do love the Big Bang Theory, and Sheldon), families are long past wit's end. The result can be traumatic horror - murder, suicide. Families can have psychotic breaks too....   Feel free to share your story with reporter Cliff Bellamy below. By the way, this story is from N. Carolina, home of UNC's TEACCH autism programming. NC has been one of the most progressive states for autism for decades. Still, no crisis beds for this raging epidemic.

By Cliff Bellamy

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October 17, 2017 1:00 PM


Natania Barron and Michael Harrison waited 255 hours in the emergency room before their autistic son Liam, 11, was finally placed in a program that could provide the psychiatric care he needed.

That call came late Monday, Oct. 16, more than a week after their son had a breakdown.

Barron wrote about her experience on a blog post on glittersquid.com, where she is an editor. Liam had what Barron called a “psychotic break,” and the people at this school, Hope Creek Academy in Durham, could not control him. “I will spare details, but the long and short of it was that in his state we feared for his safety and the safety of those around him,” she wrote.

Barron praised the private school for children with special needs, but said the only way she and her husband could get Liam into a program that could help was to go to an emergency room. From Friday, Oct. 6, until Monday, Barron and Harrison took shifts staying with Liam in a room in the emergency ward of UNC Hospitals.

Read more here: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/counties/durham-county/article179283651.html#storylink=cpy

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