Parent-Led Cognitive Behavioral Teletherapy for Anxiety in Youth with ASD
What is TeleASD?
TeleASD is a treatment study that provides free parent-led cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for children aged 7-13 in Texas who have Autism Spectrum Disorder and anxiety symptoms (fears and worries). Therapy is delivered through Zoom over the course of 12 weeks. No in-person visits are required, but participants must be located in Texas.
Parents also will be asked to complete three assessments, which will be compensated with $40 each (a total of $120). There is no cost to participate.
If you are interested in participating, please contact us at anxietyandASD@bcm.edu or 713-798-8563.
Who is eligible for TeleASD?
You and your child may be eligible for TeleASD if:
- Your child is between the ages of 7 and 13
- Your child is experiencing anxiety symptoms and has ASD
- Your child is able to communicate verbally
- You and your child reside in Texas and can be in the state of Texas during all Zoom sessions and assessments
- The study team thinks this treatment is appropriate for your child
- One parent/guardian is able and willing to participate in assessment and treatment
- Both you and your child are able to read and/or understand English
What therapy will you receive if you participate in TeleASD?
All families who meet eligibility criteria will receive parent-led cognitive behavioral treatment over the course of 12 weeks. However, the amount of contact you have with the therapist will vary depending on your treatment intervention group.
You and your child will be randomized, like a flip of a coin, into one of two groups:
- Low-intensity therapist assisted treatment
- Standard therapist assisted treatment
If you are in the low intensity group, you will receive four 30-minute
supportive video calls over the course of 12 weeks. If you are in the standard intensity group, you will receive ten 60-minute sessions over the course of 12 weeks.
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
CBT is an evidence-based therapy that is one of the best treatments for stress and anxiety in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. CBT teaches us to identify unhelpful anxiety-related thoughts and to change our thinking to reduce anxiety. It also involves identifying unhelpful behaviors, such as avoidance of situations that trigger anxiety.
What is parent-led therapy?
In parent-led therapy, parents learn skills to cope with stress and anxiety that they can teach to their child. The child does not need to talk to the therapist directly. In this program, you will work with your child to help them gradually face situations that were previously anxiety provoking and teach them how to adjust their thinking to reduce their anxiety.
If you are interested in participating in TeleASD, please call 713-798-8563 or email anxietyandASD@bcm.edu. You will be pre-screened by a member of the research team over the phone. This initial conversation will help staff determine if the services offered through the TeleASD treatment study may be a good fit for you and your child.
Rainey Hughes, B.A.