Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for ASD


Cognitive behavior therapy focuses on the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Cognitive behavioral therapy may be a treatment option for children with autism spectrum disorder who have other conditions, such as anxiety, depression, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It teaches children to alter their beliefs or behaviors to avoid negative emotions.

This therapy has two main parts: The cognitive component helps children change how they think about a situation, whereas the behavioral component helps children change how they react to a situation.

Together, the therapist, the child with ASD, and/or the parents come up with specific goals for the course of therapy. Throughout the sessions, your child learns to identify and change thoughts that lead to problem feelings or behaviors in particular situations.

In order to change unwanted feelings or problematic behaviors, the therapist teaches your child strategies to modify thoughts and to respond differently during certain situations.

Adolescents can also benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy. This treatment can help teens to develop better social and problem-solving skills, which consequently helps to improve their relationships with others.

Through cognitive behavioral therapy, children and parents gain a better understanding of the difficulties experienced by the child. 

This type of therapy teaches an array of coping skills to help children manage emotional distress. This can also help the child to manage the physical symptoms, negative thoughts, and problematic behaviors that often accompany this type of distress.

Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Autism

  • Reduce anxiety: 
  • Help Patients Handle Stressful Situations
  • Help Individuals to Change Maladaptive Beliefs

1 comment

  • I would like more information.
    My son is 24, functionally non vocal & struggles with anxiety, seizures & NF1.

    Maureen schell

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