Adapting cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety in autistic children: A commentary

Dora D. Onwumere, Kristie K. Patten

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a widely recognized intervention for addressing anxiety in both non-autistic and autistic youth. This commentary explores the landscape of implementing CBT for anxiety disorders in autistic children, as investigated by Cervin and colleagues in their 2023 study. While the study provides valuable insights, our commentary aims to broaden the scope of CBT, such as the perspectives of those with lived experiences and consideration of strength-based practices. For this reason, we draw attention to unexplored facets and potential limitations, advocating for further adaptations of CBT practices aligning with the neurodiversity-affirming perspective as we aim to enhance the effectiveness and accessibility of CBT for autistic individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102404
JournalResearch in Autism Spectrum Disorders
StatePublished - Jul 2024


  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Commentary
  • Double empathy problem
  • Stakeholder experience
  • Strength-based approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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