Improving treatment of anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorder in clinical practice: The importance, effect and implementation of the video game Mindlight
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Radboud University, 30 oktober 2020
Promotores : Otten, R., Engels, R.C.M.E. Co-promotor : Creemers, D.H.M.
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In the clinical setting, a large proportion of children with autism experience anxiety. Because anxiety is an important cause of impairment for children with autism, it is necessary that effective anxiety interventions are implemented for these children. Recently, an applied game called Mindlight has been developed that is focused on decreasing anxiety in children. A randomized controlled trial (RCT) examined whether Mindlight was effective in decreasing anxiety in 122 children with autism in the age of 8-16 years old in a clinical setting. Results of this study showed that Mindlight was more effective than a control game in decreasing parent-rated anxiety, but not in decreasing child-rated anxiety. Based on experiences during the RCT, it was investigated whether the addition of elements of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) could further enhance the effect of Mindlight. Results showed that Mindlight in combination with CBT is a potential effective treatment for at least some children with autism and anxiety. Future research is needed to give a better insight in the individual factors that could predict which type of children with autism benefit from which type of anxiety treatment.
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