Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for anxiety in youth with an autism spectrum disorder

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Autism Journal

This report attempts to gather an evidence profile for the advantages of behavioural therapies on autistic spectrum young people suffering with anxiety symptoms. It argues that whilst the links between mitigating anxiety and such therapies might appear self-evident and logical, it proceeds from the standpoint of wanting the value of such therapies, which is achieved by assessing the progression of 32 cases of young people suffering with autism-derived anxiety.

It finds greater-than-expected change in cases of anxiety, and the article subsequently argues that cognitive-behavioural therapy is a treatment that should be allowed to gain momentum. Whilst this is a review of the value of this approach, the article is throughout aware of the fact that in many cases alternative methods are not available, and that it is a method that can seldom do harm.

Authors: Robert R Selles, Elysse B Arnold, Vicky Phares, Adam B Lewin, Tanya K Murphy and Eric A Storch, Article first published online: 12 JUN 2014.

Publisher: Sage Journals. 
Volume 19, Issue 5, pages 613–621, July 2015.