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Project Title

Project Title

Anxiety treatment for children with autism and intellectual disability

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Danial, John

Description

Description

This study will examine the role of an adapted Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) program in treating the anxiety symptoms of children, aged 8-11, with autism and intellectual disability. A multiple-baseline design will be incorporated among the four participants who will be enrolled in baseline sessions of 3, 5, 7, and 9 respectively. Recent studies have indicated CBT as an effective treatment for children and adolescents with autism who have IQ scores in the normal range, but no study has reported the effects of CBT for people with autism and intellectual disability (i.e., IQ<70). Adaptations will consist of presenting concepts in a visual play-based format, limiting verbal demands, and simplifying higher-level concepts to meet the developmental level of participants. Successful adaptation of such a program will provide a new avenue of treatment for this population. Results will primarily be based upon session-by-session ratings from caregivers and will also include clinician and child ratings. Training includes supervision during the development and implementation of the intervention protocol, collaboration with research professors, and instruction for conducting diagnostic assessments of autism and anxiety. The research study includes development and refinement of an adapted CBT manual, training of research staff, research meetings to assess progress, implementation of the intervention, and data analysis.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

27460

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2012-2014

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

Anxiety treatment for children with autism and intellectual disability (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of California, Los Angeles

State/Country

State/Country

California

Project Number

Project Number

7820

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Anxiety treatment for children with autism and intellectual disability | 26040 | 2012 | 7820
Anxiety treatment for children with autism and intellectual disability | 0 | 2014 | 7820

 
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