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Project Title

Project Title

A behavioral analysis of anxiety in children with autism

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Ahearn, Bill

Description

Description

Anxiety is a cluster of responses that occur in the presence of a conditioned aversive stimulus that signals future presentation of an aversive stimulus. Although difficult to define and assess, anxiety affects many individuals and is prevalent in those with autism (Mayes et al., 2011). The purpose of this study is to develop a preliminary method for treating anxiety in children with autism when it is found to be present using a concurrent multiple baseline across contexts design. Results thus far demonstrate that anxiety can be assessed in children with autism through behavioral observations in controlled settings as opposed to relying on indirect assessments, as commonly done in previous research on the topic. Following treatment, participants were successfully able to tolerate the signal of the aversive event and the aversive event with minimal to no anxious responding. These data have been presented at NYSABA 2013, ABAI 2015, & BABAT 2015.

Funder

Funder

The New England Center for Children

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

5335

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2012

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 4SA. Support at least three randomized controlled trials that address co-occurring medical conditions associated with ASD by 2010. IACC Recommended Budget: $13,400,000 over 3 years.

Project Link

Project Link

No link available.

Institution

Institution

New England Center for Children (NECC)

State/Country

State/Country

Massachusetts

Project Number

Project Number

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

A behavioral analysis of anxiety in children with autism | 6815 | 2014 |

 
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