Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Irritability and Disruptive Behavior in Children with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)


Asperger's Disorder | Autism | Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD | Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS)

What is the purpose of this trial?

In addition to the core symptoms, children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often exhibit disruptive behavior problems including irritability, tantrums, noncompliance, and aggression. This is a pilot study of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, also known as Anger Control Training, in adolescents with high-functioning ASD. CBT teaches children to recognize antecedents and consequences of problem behavior and to use emotion regulation and problem-solving skills to reduce irritability, aggression and noncompliance. This form of CBT has been well-studied in typically developing children with disruptive behavior and we are investigating if this treatment can be feasible and helpful, with appropriate modifications, for irritability and disruptive behavior in ASD.

Participation Guidelines

9 Years - 16 Years

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Yale University
May 2011
Last Updated:
July 7, 2014
Study HIC#:
0102012121 ID: NCT01631851