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Table 1 Outline of core CBT components across the eight-week program

From: Modified CBT for social anxiety and social functioning in young adults with autism spectrum disorder

Session Approx. time Core components
1 5 min
55 min
60 min
30 min
Paced breathing exercise
Orientation to CBT skills group
Social skills training
Homework allocation and Café time (skills practice/exposure)
2 5 min
45 min
70 min
30 min
Paced breathing exercise
Homework review
Social anxiety psychoeducation
Avoidance and exposure
Homework allocation and Café time (skills practice/exposure)
3 5 min
45 min
60 min
30 min
Paced breathing exercise
Homework review
Social skills training
Homework allocation and Café time (skills practice/exposure)
4 5 min
30 min
15 min
70 min
30 min
Paced breathing exercise
Homework review
Psychoeducation: Negative thinking patterns and behavioural experiments
In session behavioural experiment
Homework allocation and Café time (skills practice/exposure)
5 5 min
45 min
20 min
35 min
15 min
30 min
Body scan/grounding exercise*
Homework review
Behavioural experiment
Social skills training
Psychoeducation: Selective attention
Homework allocation and Café time (skills practice/exposure)
6 5 min
45 min
20 min
50 min
30 min
Body scan/grounding exercise
Homework review
Anxiety surfing
Social skills training
Homework allocation and Café time (skills practice/exposure)
7 5 min
45 min
20 min
50 min
30 min
Body scan/grounding exercise
Homework review
Behavioural activation
Social skills training
Homework allocation and Café time (skills practice/exposure)
8 5 min
45 min
30 min
25 min
15 min
30 min
Body scan/grounding exercise
Homework review
Behavioural experiment
Relapse and response prevention
Group wrap up
Café time (skills practice/exposure)
  1. *Introductory exercise changed from breathing to grounding at week 5 to enable participants to gain mastery of two techniques