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CBT for children and adolescents with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders.


CBT for children and adolescents with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders.

Ed. by Angela Scarpa, Susan Williams White, and Tony Attwood.

Guilford Pr.


329 pages




Scarpa (psychology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute), White, and Attwood assemble 13 chapters by mental health and autism specialists from the US, Canada, and Australia, to show psychologists, counselors, social workers, psychiatrists, researchers, and graduate students how to use cognitive-behavioral therapy with high-functioning autistic children ages five to 18, including those with Asperger's syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified. Treatments are manualized, brief, and easily applied in practice, and address difficulties related to anxiety, aggression/behavior problems, and social competence, as well as sexuality and affection. Chapters consider theoretical issues, including the general principles of the therapy, how it may need to be modified, and the roles of assessment and conceptualization in guiding treatment. They discuss treatment for various issues, as well as parent training and school involvement, individual and group therapy, and a summer group treatment program. They include the historical background and significance of the treatment, practical considerations, an overview of sessions, research, and future directions.

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Date:Dec 1, 2013
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