Adapting CBT for People on the Autism Spectrum

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help people manage their problems by changing the way they think and behave. It’s most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression.

CBT can be an effective therapy for people on the autism spectrum, however, adaptations may need to be made in order to accommodate for the ASD.

The Curly Hair Project is pleased to offer fantastic training for clinical staff (including CBT therapists, counselors and psychologists) in order to improve understanding of how you might best work with people on the autistic spectrum. There are some things that may need to be modified in your approach such as how you explain things and the materials you use. You may also find it helpful to gain a better understanding of some of the more specific challenges that people on the autism spectrum have, such as emotional identification and regulation, ruminating and social anxiety.

Our Adapting CBT for People on the Autism Spectrum training – based on real life, personal experience – aims to help clinicians make their therapy more effective and helpful for people who have ASD.

We believe CBT is an effective therapy for people on the autism spectrum – but some adaptations may need to be made if it’s going to be used. Their brains work differently, their thought processes might be different, their stressors may be different, and the way they learn may be different, from what you might be used to.

We will be running introductory (2.5 hour) courses throughout the UK which can be found on our events page. If you would like us to come to your organisation to run a full day’s training, the cost for this is £1500.

Contact us to find out more.