notes (if applicable):
|Why this is important:- Anxiety and depressive disorders commonly coexist in people with autism and are associated with poorer health outcomes and quality of life. This may occur because of the direct impact of the anxiety or depression but also because of a negative interaction with the core symptoms of autism. There is limited access and poor uptake of facilitated self-help by people with autism, largely due to limited availability but also because current systems for the delivery of such
interventions are not adapted for use by people with autism. In adults without autism, facilitated
self-help is an effective intervention for mild to moderate depression and anxiety. The
development of novel methods for the delivery of facilitated self-help could make effective
interventions available to a wider group of people.
The suggested programme of research would need to: (a) develop current methods for the
delivery of self-help measures to take into account the impact of autism and possibly include
developments in the nature of the materials, the methods for their delivery and the nature,
duration and extent of their facilitation; (b) test the feasibility of the novel methods in a series of
pilot studies; and (c) formally evaluate the outcomes (including symptoms, satisfaction and
quality of life) in a large-scale randomised trial.