Exposure therapy is a cognitive behavioral therapy used to treat anxiety disorders. It can be effective for people with autism because it reduces anxiety and phobias related to specific stimuli. Treatment involves gradually exposing the person to the source of their fear or anxiety in a controlled and safe environment.
Exposure therapy helps individuals cope and manage their anxiety in a supportive environment. Reducing fear and increasing confidence in their ability to handle challenging situations are the goals of this program. Anxiety is reduced by showing that the feared outcomes are unlikely to occur. Therapy may be conducted through imagination or real-life exposure.