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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Core Autism Symptoms in School-Aged Children: A Randomized, Controlled Trial (BIACA-2)

This study has been completed.
Organization for Autism Research
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Jeffrey J. Wood, University of California, Los Angeles Identifier:
First received: November 12, 2008
Last updated: February 1, 2013
Last verified: February 2013
This study is designed to examine the efficacy of a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program for treating core autism symptoms, social and emotional problems, and adaptive behavior deficits in children with autism spectrum disorders.

Condition Intervention Phase
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Behavioral: cognitive behavioral therapy
Behavioral: Usual community care
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Core Autism Symptoms in School-Aged Children: A Randomized, Controlled Trial

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by University of California, Los Angeles:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • ADIS-C/P (Anxiety Disorder Interview Schedule for Children and Parents) [ Time Frame: 8 months (post-treatment) ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Behavioral observations of social responsiveness [ Time Frame: 8 months (post-treatment) ]

Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: September 2008
Study Completion Date: December 2011
Primary Completion Date: December 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: CBT Behavioral: cognitive behavioral therapy
32 weeks of CBT, 1.5 hours weekly.
Active Comparator: Usual Care Behavioral: Usual community care
16 weeks of community care, 16 weeks of CBT, 1.5 hours/week.


Ages Eligible for Study:   7 Years to 11 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion criteria:

  • 7 - 11 years of age
  • meet research criteria for a diagnosis of autism, Asperger Syndrome, or PDD-NOS
  • meet DSM-IV criteria for one of the following anxiety disorders: Separation Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • If taking medication, have maintained a stable dose for 1 month prior to baseline assessment

Exclusion Criteria:

  • child has an IQ of less than 80
  • begin taking new medication(s) or current medication dose changes either (1) less than 1 month prior to baseline assessment, or (2) during the study period
  • for any reason the child or parents appear unable to participate in the treatment program
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00789932

United States, California
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90095
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, Los Angeles
Organization for Autism Research
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Wood, PhD University of California, Los Angeles
  More Information

Responsible Party: Jeffrey J. Wood, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles Identifier: NCT00789932     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: OAR-UCLA-2009
Study First Received: November 12, 2008
Last Updated: February 1, 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Autistic Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on April 28, 2017