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 and/or Depression

This group treatment teaches teenagers how to manage stress and anxiety, as well as difficult feelings, including feeling sad and overly critical of themselves 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 and depression.  Anxiety related to being in social situations, excessive worries, being apart from parents, and needing to complete certain habits will be targeted, as well 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.

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.

Cost: Many insurance companies may cover all or part of the cost of the program.  Self-pay fees are $100 per week plus a one-time intake fee. 

The next group will begin in July 2015. If you are interested in participating, 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.

Contact Us: 

Phone: 310-794-4008

Fax: 310-825-9989

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Address: 300 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 1253, Los Angeles, CA 90095-6967