The clinical practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for children and young people with a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome

Kate Donoghue, Paul Stallard, Joanna Kucia

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Abstract

Children and young people diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) have significant social-communication difficulties and impaired empathy and theory of mind skills. These difficulties place them at risk of developing mental health problems, particularly anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder. Although Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is recognised as an effective intervention for these problems in both child and adult populations, little research has specifically looked at the use of CBT with children and young people with an AS diagnosis. However, limited evidence suggests that CBT, if suitably adapted, is a feasible and potentially helpful treatment option. This paper focuses on the clinical practice of CBT and explores how the underpinning therapeutic relationship can be modified to meet the cognitive needs of this particular group of young clients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-102
Number of pages14
JournalClinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

Keywords

  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • children
  • cognitive behaviour therapy
  • young people

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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