Title

Asperger's Disorder in College Students: Application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Capstone

Degree Name

Psy.D.

Department

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

Keywords

Asperger's Disorder, Adolescents, Behavior CBT, Diagnosis, Case study, Qualitative research, Treatment manual, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, ASD, Asperger's Syndrome, Student anxiety, University, College, Acceptance and commitment therapy

Publication Statement

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

Abstract

College students with Asperger's Disorder (AD) are likely to face significant challenges as they encounter the unpredictable and socially demanding environment of their university setting. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can be a valuable approach to addressing many of these struggles. This paper will explore the application of ACT to problems that are commonly associated with individuals diagnosed with AD. Utilizing ACT and the Hexaflex Model as a guide for working with AD students can assist in establishing a greater understanding and acceptance of their unique internal experience, as well as their interaction with the external world. ACT can offer these students the ability to be more present in the moment, to recognize efforts to avoid negative experiences, and to move in directions in life that are personally meaningful.

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