Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 45, Issue 11, pp 3487–3495 | Cite as

Brief Report of Preliminary Outcomes of an Emotion Regulation Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Kendra Thomson
  • Priscilla Burnham Riosa
  • Jonathan A. WeissEmail author
S.I. : Emotion Regulation and Psychiatric Comorbidity in ASD


Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often present with comorbid psychopathology including problems with emotion regulation. The goal of the present research was to investigate the feasibility of a multicomponent manualized cognitive behavior therapy treatment program for improving emotion regulation in youth with ASD 8–12 years of age. Thirteen males and their parents participated in the intervention, reporting high satisfaction with the activities and program overall, and attending all sessions. Preliminary outcomes regarding emotion regulation and psychopathology, and feasibility of the intervention, are summarized and discussed.


Emotion regulation Autism spectrum disorder Cognitive behavior therapy Intervention Individual therapy 



The authors wish to thank the families and graduate students who participated in this research, and Dr. R. Beaumont for her earlier review of this manuscript, for developing the Secret Agent Society: Operation Regulation, and support in clinical delivery. This research was funded by the Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment and Care Research to Dr. Weiss (#RN284208; Canadian Institutes of Health Research in partnership with NeuroDevNet, Sinneave Family Foundation, CASDA, Autism Speaks Canada and Health Canada) and seed funding from the Spectrum of Hope Autism Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kendra Thomson
    • 1
    • 2
  • Priscilla Burnham Riosa
    • 1
  • Jonathan A. Weiss
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyYork UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Centre for Applied Disability StudiesBrock UniversitySt. CatharinesCanada

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