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Behavioral Interventions for Anxiety in Children with Autism

Behavioral Interventions for Anxiety in Children with Autism (BIACA) is a cognitive behavioural treatment programme for children on the autism spectrum.

The BIACA model is designed to designed to treat symptoms of separation anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder in children on the autism spectrum.

The BIACA model emphasizes key skills for positive social behavior skills and developmentally appropriate get-togethers that can be used in real-world settings, such as offering others the first turn.

Therapy modules are selected by the therapist and clinical supervisor on a session-by-session basis to appropriately address the clinical needs of the youth.

Parent-training is provided through parent-only portions of each session in specific modules.

The BIACA model is based on the Building Confidence CBT programme develolped by Wood, McLeod, Piacentini and Sigman at the UCLA, Virginia Commonwealth University and Rutgers University.

The BIACA model was developed by Wood, Drahota, Sze, Har and others at the UCLA, the University of Miami and the University of South Florida.

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