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Cognitive Enhancement Therapy (CET) and Enriched Supportive Therapy (EST) for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
CET is a comprehensive rehabilitation intervention designed to improve the social and non-social cognitive impairments that limit adaptive function and quality of life in certain neurodevelopmental disorders. The treatment integrates computer-based cognitive exercises in attention, memory and problem-solving with social-cognitive group training designed to improve perspective-taking, social context appraisal, emotion perception and management, and other key aspects of social cognition. Through these integrated activities, CET addresses the core neurocognitive and social-cognitive deficits experienced by verbal adults with autism spectrum disorders.
EST is an individual supportive therapy approach that helps adults learn about their condition, manage their emotions and stress, improve their social skills and cope with everyday problems.
Eligible participants will be randomly selected for either CET or EST and treated for 18 months with weekly visits to the University of Pittsburgh. Cognitive, behavioral and neurobiological measures are collected to examine the efficacy of the two approaches in the treatment of adults with autism spectrum disorders.
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The Perspectives Program research is highlighted on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) website at cdmrp.army.mil.