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J Autism Dev Disord. 2012 Jun;42(6):992-1000. doi: 10.1007/s10803-011-1330-x.

Assessment of the prerequisite skills for cognitive behavioral therapy in children with and without autism spectrum disorders.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, University of Wyoming, 1000 E. University Ave, Laramie, WY 82071, USA.


The purpose of this study was to assess the cognitive skills of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) thought to be necessary for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Forty children with ASD and forty age-matched typically developing children between the ages of 7-12 years participated. Groups were comparable with regard to nonverbal IQ, but children with ASD had significantly lower verbal IQ. Children completed three CBT-related tasks requiring emotion recognition, discrimination among thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and cognitive mediation. With the exception of the emotion recognition task, children with ASD performed comparably to typically developing children and with a high rate of accuracy.

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