Greg Valcante is the director of the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and a research assistant professor at the University of Florida. He has served in this position since the CARD Centers were developed in 1994. He is dedicated to the growth and development of the CARD Centers and their mission of service to individuals with autism and related disabilities, along with their families. Greg has worked as a teacher, administrator and researcher in the field of autism for over 40 years. He has authored a number of research publications and presented both nationally and internationally.
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Through the eyes of a child: Sibling perspectives on having a sibling diagnosed with autismResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Alison Schmeer, et al.
Sibling perspectives on the experiences of families caring for an autistic child are often overlooked in autism research. While qualitative research on these lived experiences has grown, it continues to primarily focus on parent reports. Aims: This study explored how having a sibling with autism impacts the non-autistic siblings within a family systems framework.
Mental Health Crisis Management for Youths With Autism Spectrum Disorder Requires a Paradigm ShiftPsychiatric Services
Richard E. D’Alli and Gregory Valcante
In this issue of Psychiatric Services, Kalb et al. draw attention to the troubling state of resources for best-practice management of acute psychiatric crises among children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Their study was prompted in part by the observation that a greater proportion of youths with ASD compared with youths in the general population present to an emergency department (ED) in a psychiatric crisis. With a dichotomous sample of child psychiatrists who routinely care for youths with ASD and those who do not, Kalb and colleagues questioned whether child psychiatrists are equally willing, prepared, and likely to use community resources to take on crisis management of youths with ASD.