Modifying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder

Paul Abeles

Cite this article as: CEPiP 2014;1:137-142

Full access denied
Please Register or Login to access the full article
You can browse the archives here

Please note that only healthcare and allied professionals will be eligible to access the articles

Abstract

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a psychological therapy with an evidence base in treating “neurotypical” adults and children with various mental health problems. CBT has been applied to individuals with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder in individual and group settings for the treatment of comorbid mental health difficulties (e.g. anxiety) and core autism-related difficulties (e.g. social understanding). This paper briefly describes the literature and considers the specific challenges of applying CBT to this population. It also describes a range of modifications to CBT that need to be made in adapting the treatment for the patient group, including taking a more directive approach, ensuring an increased use of written/visual material, a greater emphasis on affective education, avoidance of metaphor/abstract concepts, the incorporation of special interests and the involvement of family members.