Research was conducted to examine the effect of CBT to decrease self-reported anxiety levels in children with ASD. The Camp Cope-A-Lot (CCAL; Kendall & Khanna, 2008) computer-assisted CBT program was utilized as the method of treatment within a school setting. Three students, aged 10-11 years-old, with elevated levels of anxiety and symptoms of ASD were included as participants in the study. The Spence Children’s Anxiety Scale (Spence, 1994) was used to track participants’ self-reported anxiety levels during baseline, implementation of the therapy program, and follow-up periods. A multiple-baseline across participants design was used to determine the effectiveness of the CCAL program. Visual analysis and an effect size measure indicated that the treatment program was effective in reducing anxiety in two of the three participants in the study. Program utility, research limitations, implications, and future directions are further discussed.
|Commitee:||Hupp, Stephen, Jewell, Jeremy|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 55/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral psychology, School counseling, Cognitive psychology|
|Keywords:||Anxiety, Autism, Cognitive-behavioral therapy, Computerized treatment, Multiple-baseline, School based|
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