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OCD and Autism

OCD and Autism

Ailsa Russell | Amita Jassi | Kate Johnston | David Russell



This step-by-step manual explains how to adapt CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) approaches to OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) for autistic children and adults. It outlines why there is the need to adapt treatment for the autistic population, and includes detailed guidance on each phase of the approach.

It explains assessment of OCD in autism, the links between the two conditions and difficulties in identifying aspects of OCD in autistic people. The book offers advice on dealing with difficult issues and on the next steps after treatment is complete. Accompanying worksheets and handouts are available to download.

Drs. Russell, Jassi, and Johnston should be congratulated for filling a critical gap in the literature by crafting an evidence-based adaptation of cognitive-behavioral therapy for supporting individuals with autism and co-occurring OCD. The text is clear, informed by the latest scientific findings, and will successfully disseminate established interventional approaches to practicing clinicians.
Eric Storch, Ph.D., McIngvale Presidential Endowed Chair & Professor, Vice Chair & Head of Psychology, Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine
The authors provide a clear, concise guide to the puzzle of OCD and ASD. There is clear advice on how to adapt CBT for OCD including key aspects such as the differences between compulsions and repetitive behaviours and obsessions and special interests. This volume is invaluable to those who are already familiar with OCD but less experienced in ASD. The authors speak with confidence and experience about how to adapt treatment to make the most of the powerful aspects of ERP whilst remaining sensitive to the particular needs of people with ASD. This is reassuring to novice practitioners to be aware of certain "do's and don'ts" and enlightening for both novice and experienced therapists when considering the nuance and detail of effective CBT.
Dr Victoria Bream, Clinical Psychologist, Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Ailsa Russell is a Clinical Psychologist and Reader in Psychology at the University of Bath, UK.

Amita Jassi is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the National Specialist BDD clinic at the Maudsley Hospital, London, UK.

Kate Johnston is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Michael Rutter Centre, Maudsley Hospital, UK.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
OCD and Autism: A Clinician's Guide to Adapting CBT by Alicia Russell, Amita Jassi and Kate Johnston 2
Acknowledgements 6
About this book 9
1. Introduction to Autism and Adaptations to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 13
2. Assessment of OCD in Autism 31
3. CBT Phase 1: Building Blocks for Treatment 49
4. CBT Phase 2: Understanding and Rating Anxiety 69
5. CBT Phase 2: Exposure and Response Prevention 93
6. CBT Phase 3: Relapse Prevention 117
7. Resources and References 131
Index 137
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