Many behavioral therapies have been used to treat young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including Applied Behavior Analysis and Pivotal Response Training. Older children, teens, and adults with ASD may benefit from another intervention with a behavioral component: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
ABA was a fantastic therapy option for Jacob when he was younger but as we transitioned away from the all consuming ABA, we noticed that he would occasionally get hung up on things that needed to be addressed. That is when we discovered Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to deal with specific situations, such as anxiety over school, being scared of the dark and taking overnight trips. We were fortunate to find a local psychologist that specializes in CBT and we now call on him when issues pop up. What I love about CBT is that we are able to acquire specific tools to address specific situations. I have attached a link to a wonderful website that provides information on CBT for older children with ASD.