Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a psychological treatment that targets a patient’s problematic thoughts (i.e., cognitions) and behaviors to decrease his or her distress and impairment. With years of research supporting its use, CBT is a gold-standard treatment for a range of common disorders, including anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder, among others.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Cognitive Behavioral strategies are effective in helping individuals with autism spectrum disorder identify and regulate emotions, address maladaptive thinking patterns, and manage their behavior. Additionally, cognitive-behavioral strategies can be helpful in managing anxiety and depression, which are frequently comorbid with an autism diagnosis. CBT is generally most effective among individuals with well-developed verbal ability.

For more information on the use of cognitive behavioral strategies for individuals with ASD:

ABCT Videos on Evidence-Based Treatment for ASD

Autism CBT information at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Autism CBT information at Pathfinders for Autism

Autism CBT Information at Interactive Autism Network