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An Introduction to CBT for people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

By Torrey Creed, PhD     Adjunct Faculty, Beck Institute While a description of CBT for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) would require a large volume (at least), let's highlight several important areas to consider when working with people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). First, a word about what we do not do in CBT for ASD: we do not treat the ASD itself. CBT will not move someone to being…
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CBT for Autism in School Settings

This study compared cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and treatment-as-usual (TAU) in terms of effects on observed social communication-related autism symptom severity during unstructured play time at school for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Thirteen children with ASD (7-11 years old) were randomly assigned to 32 sessions of CBT or community-based psychosocial treatment (TAU) for 16 weeks. The CBT program is based on the memory retrieval competition model and emphasizes…
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CBT Shows Promise for Anxious Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is an umbrella term representing a range of persistent cognitive deficits and impairments in communication and social interaction, often diagnosed by age two, and includes autistic disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorders. Children with ASD are at an elevated risk for developing anxiety disorders, which can become highly debilitating across environmental contexts (home, school, and social contexts). The results of previous research (case studies, small…
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Cognitive Conceptualization

At a recent workshop Dr. Aaron Beck described how to utilize cognitive case conceptualization in treatment of children with autism. This video was taken at Beck Institute's Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Children and Adolescents Workshop. For more information visit www.beckinstitute.org/cbt-workshops/cbt-for-children-and-adolescents.
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