Group Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Randomised Controlled Trial in a General Child Psychiatric Hospital Setting.

Group Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Randomised Controlled Trial in a General Child Psychiatric Hospital Setting. J Autism Dev Disord. 2020 Mar 26;: Authors: Kilburn TR, Sørensen MJ, Thastum M, Rapee RM, Rask CU, Arendt KB, Carlsen AH, Thomsen PH Abstract Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) programs adapted to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) effectively reduce anxiety when run in university clinics. Forty-nine children aged 8-14 years participated in a waitlist controlled study in a general child psychiatric hospital setting. Post-treatment 30% of the children were free of their primary anxiety diagnoses and 5% were free of all anxiety diagnoses. No statistically significant difference between the two trial conditions were found on primary outcomes. However, statistically significant differences were found on secondary outcomes indicating clinically meaningful treatment responses. Together with high program satisfaction this study shows the CBT program to be feasible and potentially efficacious in treating anxiety in children with ASD in a general child psychiatric hospital setting. PMID: 32219638 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: J Autism Dev Disord Source Type: research

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Conditions:   Autism Spectrum Disorder;   Social Anxiety Intervention:   Other: Virtual Reality Assisted Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Sponsors:   King's College London;   South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust;   National Institute for Health Research, United Kingdom;   Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust Not yet recruiting
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Source: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: J Autism Dev Disord Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Annual Research Review Source Type: research
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