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J Autism Dev Disord. 2013 Jan;43(1):57-67. doi: 10.1007/s10803-012-1541-9.

The Coping Cat program for children with anxiety and autism spectrum disorder: a pilot randomized controlled trial.

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California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, 10455 Pomerado Road, San Diego, CA 92131, USA. rhmcnally@gmail.com

Abstract

The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate whether a modified version of the Coping Cat program could be effective in reducing anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Twenty-two children (ages 8-14; IQ ≥ 70) with ASD and clinically significant anxiety were randomly assigned to 16 sessions of the Coping Cat program (cognitive-behavioral therapy; CBT) or a 16-week waitlist. Children in the CBT condition evidenced significantly larger reductions in anxiety than those in the waitlist. Treatment gains were largely maintained at two-month follow-up. Results provide preliminary evidence that a modified version of the Coping Cat program may be a feasible and effective program for reducing clinically significant levels of anxiety in children with high-functioning ASD.

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ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01187784.

PMID:
22588377
PMCID:
PMC3537891
DOI:
10.1007/s10803-012-1541-9
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