Children and adolescents with high-functioning autism (HFA) and Asperger syndrome are at heightened risk for anxiety disorders when compared with neurotypical children. The high prevalence rate of anxiety disorders in HFA is suggestive of a distinct subgroup of children on the autism spectrum—an “anxious-inhibited” subgroup. Due to complications that a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder can add to the adaptive functioning of children with HFA or Asperger syndrome that is above and beyond the difficulty caused by the autism spectrum disorder—such as severe difficulty with adaptive functioning in academic, family, and social settings—addressing anxiety disorders found in children with HFA is necessary. This study is designed to examine the efficacy of a modified cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program designed specifically to remedy anxiety symptoms experienced by children with HFA or Asperger syndrome who also have a clinically significant anxiety disorder.
Does your child experience anxiety or shyness? Is He / She a Child Who:
Eligible youngsters (ages 7 – 11) will receive FREE of charge a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and 16 to 32 weeks of treatment with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Parents of potentially eligible children will be screened over the phone; this will last approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Children selected for the study will participate in a modified version of our treatment program, which has proven to be very successful in reducing anxiety in children with autism, Asperger’s, and PDD-NOS. We have expanded this program and are now conducting a second clinical trial at UCLA. Sessions are designed to teach coping skills to alleviate worry and anxiety as well as develop peer relationship skills. The sessions emphasize using newly learned skills in real life situations. Sessions take place at UCLA and the children’s schools. Children will be randomly assigned to receive the study treatment immediately or after 16 weeks of standard treatment in community settings.
For more information, please contact: Dr. Jeffrey Wood or Cori Fujii (310) 882-0537 or email@example.com
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