Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is Effective for Autism Spectru
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A Study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of CBT on the symptoms of ASD and social-emotional problems in children or adolescents with ASD by using a meta-analytic approach.

Researchers selected randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in which authors reported effectiveness of CBT on the symptoms of ASD and social-emotional problems in children or adolescents with ASD.

Results:
--45 RCTs and 6 quasi RCTs of 2485 children and adolescents with ASDs were selected for the final meta-analysis.

--There was no significant difference between CBT and control for symptoms related to ASD based on self-reported outcomes, whereas CBT significantly improved the symptoms related to ASD based on informant-reported outcomes, clinician-rated outcomes, and task-based outcomes.

--Moreover, the pooled standard mean differences indicated that CBT has no significant effect on symptoms of social-emotional problems based on self-reported outcomes.

In conclusion, these results suggest that CBT can help children and adolescents with ASD improve their symptoms and social-emotional issues.

Source: https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/147/5/e2020049880?rss=1
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