ACT for autism and related disorders – JCBS special issue articles

The Journal of Contextual Behavioural Science (JCBS), published by the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS), produced a special issue on the topic of Autism in Spring 2023.  ACT is a particularly useful therapy for autistic young people as it can help them to build important life skills including good learning habits, better social relationships and better regulation of their emotions.  We hope you’ll find these a useful list of resources.

JCBS special issue articles

Special Issue on ACT for Autism and related disorders; Guest edited by Jonathan Tarbox and Evelyn Gould

  • Szabo, T. G. (2019). Acceptance and Commitment Training for Reducing Inflexible Behaviors in Children with Autism. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 12
  • Singh, N. N., Lancioni, G. E., et al. (2019). Surfing the Urge: An informal mindfulness practice for the self-management of aggression by adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 12.
  • Chancey, C., Weihl, C., et al. (2019). The impact of mindfulness skills on interactions between direct care staff and adults with developmental disabilities. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 12.
  • Hahs, A. D., Dixon, M. R., & Paliliunas, D. (2019). Randomized controlled trial of a brief acceptance and commitment training for parents of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 12.
  • Gould, E. R., Tarbox, J., & Coyne, L. (2018). Evaluating the effects of Acceptance and Commitment Training on the overt behavior of parents of children with autism. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 7.
  • Raulston, T. J., Zemantic, P. K., Machalicek, W., Hieneman, M., Kurtz-Nelson, E., Barton, H., Hansen, S. G., & Frantz, R. J. (2019). Effects of a brief mindfulness-infused behavioral parent training for mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 13.

 

Other JCBS articles

  • Aller, T.B., Barrett, T., Levin, M.E., & Brunson McClain, M.(2022). Measuring psychological flexibility in autistic adults: Examining the validity and reliability of the AAQ-II, BEAQ, and VQ. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 26, 125-133.
  • Byrne, G., & O’Mahony, T. (2020). Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) for adults with intellectual disabilities and/or autism spectrum conditions (ASC): A systematic review.Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 18, 247-255.
  • Han, A., Yuen, H.K., Lee, H.Y., Zhou, X.(2020). Effects of acceptance and commitment therapy on process measures of family caregivers: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 18, 201-213.
  • Little, A., Tarbox, J., Alzaabi, K.(2020). Using acceptance and commitment training to enhance the effectiveness of behavioral skills training. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 16,  9-16.
  • Raaymakers, C., Garcia, Y., Cunningham, K., Krank, K., Nemer-Kaiser, L. (2019). A systematic review of derived verbal behavior research. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 12,128-148.
  • Pahnke, J., Hirvikoski, T., Bjureberg, J., Bölte, S.,  Jokinen, J., Bohman, B., Lundgren, T.(2019). Acceptance and commitment therapy for autistic adults: An open pilot study in a psychiatric outpatient context. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 13.
  • Belisle, J., Stanley, C. R., & Dixon, M. R.(2017). The relationship between derived mutually entailed relations and the function of challenging behavior in children with autism: Comparing the PEAK-E-PA and the QABF. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 6(3), 298-307.
  • Corbett, O., Hayes, J., Stewart, I., & Mcelwee, J.(2017). Assessing and training children with autism spectrum disorder using the relational evaluation procedure (REP). Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 6(2), 202-207.
  • Dixon, M. R., Belisle, J., Stanley, C. R., Munoz, B. E., & Speelman, R. C.(2017). Establishing derived conditioned symmetrical and transitive gustatory-visual-auditory relations in children with autism and related intellectual disabilities using the PEAK-E curriculum. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 6(1), 91-95.

Other publications about ACT and Autism

  • Gilsenan, C. M., Yi, Z., Hinman, J. M., Barron, B. F., & Dixon, M. R. (2022). Using Relational Training to Improve Performance During Acceptance and Commitment Training Sessions. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 15(1), 179-191. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40617-021-00574-8
  • Pahnke, J., Jansson-Fröjmark, M., Andersson, G., Bjureberg, J., Jokinen, J., Bohman, B., & Lundgren, T. (2022 in press). Acceptance and commitment therapy for autistic adults: A randomized controlled pilot study in a psychiatric outpatient setting. https://doi.org/10.1177/13623613221140749
  • Pahnke, J. (2022).Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dissertation: Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Melendez, J. L., Tan, I.M.C., Lau, J.C., & Leung, J. (2021). Practical Resources for Talking to Children with Autism about Systemic Racism. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 14, 451–461. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40617-020-00500-4
  • Baires, N. (2020). The Cultural Adaptation of Traditional Behavior-Analytic Interventions for Hispanic/Latinx Children with Autism and the Caregivers and Siblings Who Care for Them [Dissertation]. Southern Illinois University. https://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/dissertations/1851/
  • Chapman, R., & Evans, B. (2020). Using Art-Based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for an Adolescent With Anxiety and Autism. Clinical Case Studies, 19(6), 438–455. https://doi.org/10.1177/1534650120950527
  • G. Szabo, P.B. Willis, C.J. Palinski (2019) Watch me try: ACT for improving athletic performance of young adults with ASD. Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 3, 434-449.
  • Hutchinson, V.D., Rehfeldt, R.A., Hertel, I. et al. (2019). Exploring the Efficacy of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Behavioral Skills Training to Teach Interview Skills to Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Adv Neurodev Disord 3,450–456. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41252-019-00136-8
  • Oliver, M.A., Selman, M., Brice, S. & Alegbo, R. (2019). Two cases of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy leading to rapid psychological improvement in people with intellectual disabilities. Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, 13(6), 257-267. https://doi.org/10.1108/AMHID-04-2019-0012
  • Maisel, M.E., Stephenson, K.G., Cox, J.C. & South, M. (2019). Cognitive defusion for reducing distressing thoughts in adults with autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 59,34-45. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rasd.2018.12.005

 

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