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Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness 7/2022

13-06-2022 | ORIGINAL PAPER

Virtual Group–Based Mindfulness Intervention for Autistic Adults: a Feasibility Study

Auteurs: Yona Lunsky, Brianne Redquest, Carly Albaum, Sue Hutton, Maxine Share, Daniel Share-Strom, Jonathan Weiss

Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness | Uitgave 7/2022

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Abstract

Objectives

Although mindfulness-based interventions have been shown to be helpful in reducing psychological distress in autistic adults, limited research has explored virtual delivery in the autism community. We designed an adapted virtual group–based mindfulness intervention, based on input from autistic adults, and evaluated its feasibility in terms of demand, acceptability, implementation, practicality, adaptation, and limited efficacy testing.

Methods

Informed by an online needs assessment survey of 77 autistic adults, 37 individuals completed a six-week autism informed manualized course delivered virtually. Participants completed pre, post, and 12-week follow up, and also provided qualitative feedback.

Results

There was a demand for the course, adaptations were successful, and participants indicated good acceptability of the intervention. Open-ended feedback highlighted advantages and challenges with the technology, the benefits of connecting with other autistic adults, and unique aspects of the mindfulness instruction. Participants reported reduced levels of distress which were maintained at three-month follow-up, and increased mindfulness, and self-compassion.

Conclusions

Autism-informed adaptations to standard mindfulness-based interventions can lead to self-reported improvements in mindfulness, self-compassion, and distress by autistic adults. Continued research with outcome measures tailored toward autistic adults will be important, during and post-pandemic.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Virtual Group–Based Mindfulness Intervention for Autistic Adults: a Feasibility Study
Auteurs
Yona Lunsky
Brianne Redquest
Carly Albaum
Sue Hutton
Maxine Share
Daniel Share-Strom
Jonathan Weiss
Publicatiedatum
13-06-2022
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Mindfulness / Uitgave 7/2022
Print ISSN: 1868-8527
Elektronisch ISSN: 1868-8535
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-022-01909-4

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