Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Autism
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This page provides details of some of the claims that have been made for this intervention. The fact that something is claimed does not, of course, mean that it is necessarily true.
There have been various claims for CBT as an intervention for people with autism spectrum disorders.
Individual research studies claim that, after receiving CBT, individuals with autism spectrum disorders:
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- were more likely to initiate positive social interaction with peers
- provided more relevant solutions to social problems
- obtained higher teacher-rated social skills scores
- had reduced anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and self-injury
- had reduced levels of stereotypic and self-stimulatory behaviour
- had reduced disruptive behaviour
- had decreased inappropriate vocalizations e.g.humming
- learned to exhibit appropriate play skills
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