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A Case Study of Implementing the Behavioral Intervention for Anxiety in Children with Autism (BIACA) in China


In this study, I implemented the Behavioral Interventions for Anxiety in Children with Autism (BIACA) on a 7-year-old Chinese girl with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The purpose is to assess the effectiveness of BIACA in China. My participant grew up in a middle-class Chinese family, and she was recruited from an autism research center/school in one of the largest cities in China. To assess the effectiveness of the treatment, I asked the participant’s mother to rate the participant’s behavioral performance after each treatment session, using Youth Top Problems (YTP).

After analyzing the YTP ratings, I concluded that using BIACA to treat anxiety is effective in children with ASD in China. Apart from recognizing that BIACA can potentially treat anxiety in children with ASD in China, findings from this study also raised several difficulties, such as adapting BIACA to Chinese culture and society, and improving assessments and diagnostic tools in China. The findings could be used as encouraging evidence to promote the use of BIACA in China for treating anxiety in children with ASD for a larger population in the future.

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