Contextual Behavioral Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Case Study Example

Date of Award


Document Type

Doctoral Capstone

Degree Name



Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

John McNeill

First Committee Member

Kimberley Gorgens

Second Committee Member

Jefferson Crowe


Autism Spectrum Disorders, social interaction and communication, repetitive patterns of behavior, young children


Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have difficulty with perspective taking, social interaction and communication, and demonstrate rigid, repetitive patterns of behavior. The prevalence of ASD in the population is increasing, and there is a growing need to identify effective treatments for all stages of the lifecycle. Much of the research focuses on young children and adaptive living skills and has not been extrapolated to living a valued life beyond that. A treatment particularly well-suited for the ASD population is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which targets rigid, restricted patterns of behavior in order to promote psychological flexibility and values-congruent living. This paper illustrates the potential utility of ACT with the ASD population using a case example of a young adult male diagnosed with ASD.


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34 pages

Paper Method

Case Study

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