Parent-Led Cognitive-Behavioral Teletherapy for Anxiety in Youth With ASD

2019-10-08 08:47:41 | BioPortfolio


This study implements an anxiety-focused, parent-led, therapist-assisted cognitive behavioral teletherapy for parents of youth with ASD and anxiety.


Anxiety disorders affect 50-80% of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and are associated with significant life impairment and worsening trajectory without treatment. The most effective psychotherapy for anxiety in youth with and without ASD is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), but many families are not able to access CBT due to the cost, practicalities of attending treatment sessions, and limited availability of trained therapists. Alternative models of service delivery are greatly needed, with particular promise of parent-led therapist-assisted (PLTA) models and telehealth delivery formats. Parents may benefit from additional information regarding how to optimize the delivery of CBT for youths with ASD given the potential impact of ASD symptomology on core CBT skills. Thus, this project aims to improve access to anxiety-focused Parent-Led Therapist-Assisted CBT for parents of youth with ASD. Parent-led low-intensity treatment models can improve accessibility, efficiency, and mental health treatment cost. Lower intensity treatment models provide a treatment option that is less costly and burdensome for parents; it is understood that some individuals will respond to the first step and others will require additional treatment to achieve anxiety reduction. However, understanding how many families, and which families, can benefit from a lower intensity model has dramatic benefits for improving access, allocating more intensive services for those most in need, and reducing barriers (e.g., distance). Thus, this study will examine the effectiveness of two anxiety-focused PTLA CBT telehealth models: 1) low-intensity therapist assistance (LTA) and 2) standard therapist assistance (STA). Overall, this study will provide important information regarding the potential benefits of two different approaches to parent-led interventions for youth with ASD and anxiety when delivered via telehealth.

Study Design


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


Cognitive Behavioral Teletherapy LTA, Cognitive Behavioral Teletherapy STA


Baylor College of Medicine
United States


Active, not recruiting


Baylor College of Medicine

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-10-08T08:47:41-0400

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