Autism Spectrum: Pathways To Understanding
Rydges Lakeside, Canberra
Friday, 1 October - Sunday, 3 October, 2004
Plenary Session s / Précis
s / Précis
The paper will provide an explanation of how two components of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), namely affective education and cognitive restructuring can reduce the degree of anxious or aggressive behaviour in children and adults with an autistic spectrum disorder. In particular, the concepts of an emotional ‘thermometer’ and an ‘emotional toolbox’ will be presented with illustrations from clinical experience. The paper will also include a brief description of an evaluation study of CBT for anxiety and anger management in children with Asperger’s syndrome.