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 adolescents (aged 11-14) with HFA or Asperger syndrome who also have a clinically significant anxiety disorder.
Does your youth experience anxiety or shyness? Is He/She a Youth who:
Eligible youth (aged 11-14) will receive FREE of charge a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and 16 weeks of treatment with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Parents of potentially eligible youth will be screened over the telephone; this will last approximately 5-10 minutes. Youth selected for the study will participate in a modified version of our anxiety treatment program, which has proven very successful in reducing anxiety in non-autistic children. We have modified this program to meet the needs of youth with autism, and we are now conducting a clinical trial at UCLA. Sessions are designed to teach coping skills to alleviate worry and shyness. The sessions emphasize using the skills in real life situations. Youth will be randomly assigned to receive treatment immediately or after 3 months.
Please contact Cori Fujii by phone at (310) 882-0537 or by email at email@example.com for more information about this research.
Originally created: 16 Feb 2010 Current author: Jeffrey Wood
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