Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Children With High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder and Anxiety
Many children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience high levels of anxiety which can further inhibit their ability to master developmental tasks such as succeeding in school and developing and maintaining friendships. Despite the need for effective treatments for children with ASD and anxiety, there have been few studies that have addressed this issue. Recently, preliminary evidence has supported the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat anxiety disorders in children with ASD.
This study will utilize a CBT treatment program called Coping Cat. Coping Cat has been found to be one of the most effective treatments for typically developing children with anxiety and has also been shown to be effective for treating anxiety in children with other disorders such as physical impairments, selective mutism, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The investigators goal is to demonstrate that Coping Cat is an effective treatment for children with ASD and anxiety. Finding effective treatments for children with ASD and anxiety could increase adaptive social relationships, decrease stress among families, and prevent the maintenance of anxiety into adulthood.
|Autism Spectrum Disorder Autism Asperger Syndrome PDD-NOS||Behavioral: Coping Cat cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxious youth||Phase 1|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Effectiveness of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Children With High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder and Anxiety|
- Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule - Child/Parent Version [ Time Frame: Post Treatment (16 weeks) ]Scores on parent-administered anxiety diagnostic interview after treatment or waitlist.
- Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children [ Time Frame: Post Treatment (16 weeks) ]Scores on self-report anxiety rating scale after treatment or waitlist.
- Spence Children's Anxiety Scale (Child and Parent Versions) [ Time Frame: Post Treatment (16 weeks) ]Scores on self-and parent-report anxiety rating scale after treatment or waitlist.
|Study Start Date:||May 2009|
|Study Completion Date:||August 2010|
|Primary Completion Date:||August 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Active Comparator: CBT
Coping Cat cognitive-behavioral therapy protocol
Behavioral: Coping Cat cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxious youth
Manualized, empirically supported CBT treatment for anxious youth
No Intervention: Waitlist Control
Treatment as usual
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01187784
|United States, California|
|Alliant International University|
|San Diego, California, United States, 92131|
|Principal Investigator:||Rebecca McNally Keehn, M.A.||Alliant International University|