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Computer-assisted Cognitive-behavioral Therapy in School to Treat Anxiety in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
by Bimm, Kayla, S.S.P., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2016, 69; 10130638
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McKenney, Elizabeth
Commitee: Hupp, Stephen, Jewell, Jeremy
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Psychology
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
Publication Number: 10130638
ISBN: 978-1-339-88472-1
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