Group-Based Treatments for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Group-Based Treatments for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

The groups are targeted for teenagers with ASD from ages 12 to 17 (Middle School to High School) who have fluent verbal abilities and can participate in a small group discussion.

For Teenagers with Anxiety:

This group treatment teaches teenagers how to manage stress and anxiety by learning healthy coping strategies.

Teenagers will learn strategies in a group setting with other teens. Also, two parent group sessions will be provided to personalize feedback and assess youth’s response to treatment. 

Treatment will be based on cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), an evidence-based intervention to treat anxiety. Anxiety related to being in social situations, excessive worries, being apart from parents, and needing to complete certain habits will be targeted.

The program will be provided across 16 weekly sessions once a week on Mondays from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

For Teenagers with Depression:

This group treatment teaches teenagers how to manage difficult feelings, including feeling sad and overly critical of themselves by learning new ways to think of situations and learn healthy ways to cope.

Teenagers will learn strategies in a group setting with other teens. Also, two parent group sessions will be provided to personalize feedback and assess youth’s response to treatment. 

Treatment will be based on cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), an evidence-based intervention to treat depression. Moderate feelings of depression, such as feeling sad, overly tired, having a loss of interest in activities that used to be enjoyable, and feeling guilty will be targeted. This group is not appropriate for teenagers who have active thoughts of harming themselves.

General information about the anxiety and depression teen groups: 

The programs will be provided across 16 weekly sessions once a week on Mondays from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

For Teenagers—General Coping Skills:

This group treatment is to prevent the development of anxiety and depression in teenagers by teaching them strategies to regulate their emotions in the face of stress and distressing life events. Teenagers with ASD are at high risk for developing anxiety and depression. They will learn healthy ways to deal with stress and difficult feelings to prevent these conditions. Teenagers who do not meet current criteria for anxiety or depressive disorders would be eligible for the group. Treatment will be based on cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), an evidence-based intervention to treat anxiety and depression.

Teenagers will learn strategies in a group setting with other teens. Also, two parent group sessions will be provided to personalize the treatment. 

The program will be provided across 12 weekly sessions once a week on Tuesdays from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

For all teen groups: 

If you are interested in any of our programs, please contact our office at the Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental Clinic (CAN Clinic) to set up an intake appointment to determine if this form of treatment is a good fit for your teenager at: 310-794-4008. 

Cost: Please call our office for information about our current fees. Self-pay fees are $100 per week plus a one-time intake fee. Many insurance companies may cover part of the cost of the program.