Contextual Behavioral Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Case Study Example
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Graduate School of Professional Psychology
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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.
Aegerter, Christina, "Contextual Behavioral Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Case Study Example" (2016). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 213.