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47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

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Paper Session #356
Technology-Delivered Treatment for Anxiety Symptoms in Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analysis
Monday, May 31, 2021
9:00 AM–9:25 AM
Online
Area: AUT
Instruction Level: Advanced
Chair: Celal Perihan (Texas A&M University)
 
Technology-Delivered Treatment for Anxiety Symptoms in Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analysis
Domain: Basic Research
CELAL PERIHAN (Idaho State University), Ali Bicer (University of Wyoming )
 
Abstract: Research has shown that a high prevalence of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) could not receive appropriate treatment due to both barriers in identifications of anxiety symptoms in ASD and limited numbers of therapists. Moreover, receiving treatment in clinics might be expensive and time-consuming for most families. Technology-delivered programs could be cost and time effective standardized approaches of anxiety for all student with ASD across the different settings. The present study is a systematic review and meta-analysis examining the efficacy of technology-delivered programs for anxiety problems in children with ASD. A search protocol was developed based on the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses. This review included 10 studies and the preliminary ?ndings of meta-analysis yielded a moderate effect size, g = − 0.68, 95% CI [− 0.91, −0.45], z=−5.78, p< .05, for the reduction of anxiety symptoms with significant heterogeneity within the studies, Q (9) = 20.18, p < .05, I2 = 55.39%. These initial findings show that technology-delivered programs might be equally efficacious as face-to-face programs in the treatment of anxiety with ASD. The types of programs and implications for children with ASD will be analyzed and discussed in detail.
 
 

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