OCD, Autism, Adolescents and Online Treatment Program

Does your teen have autism and obsessive compulsive disorder? Curtin University researchers are looking for ...

OCD, Autism, Adolescents and Online Treatment Program

Curtin University Research Program:  6 September 2017

Does your teen have autism and obsessive compulsive disorder? Curtin University researchers are looking for families with children aged 12- to 18-years who have a diagnosis of ASD, as well as symptoms including repeated, unwanted, thoughts or images, and/or compulsive behaviours such as counting, checking or cleaning, that are completed for fear of something bad happening.

We are investigating if an online treatment program with face-to-face support can be helpful for adolescents with both autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Online programs have been found to be helpful in reducing symptoms of OCD in children without ASD, however there has been little investigation into what is helpful for those with OCD and ASD. Additionally, we are investigating if participation in this program reduces stress in parents and improves family relationships.

The study involves several components:

  • an initial telephone interview with the caregiver, and the child,
  • an initial face-to-face meeting,
  • participation in the online program, which is a weekly commitment for 8 weeks
  • fortnightly face-to-face sessions, and a one-month follow up appointment

Parents have the opportunity to comment through the online program and during personal meetings, and may include comment of the child’s progression, clarifying steps in the program, or commenting on changes observed in the child and the family unit.

You can read more about the research project here.

Please contact Master of Clinical Psychology trainee Lisa Wallace who is conducting this research or contact the Curtin Health and Wellbeing Centre 9266 1717 to be included in this research.

(Ethics approval HR45/2013)