•PRT is a natural behavioural intervention primarily targeting social communication skills in children with ASD.•Parents reported anxiety reduction in 21 young children (aged 4–8) with ASD after an open-label 16-week PRT trial.•Anxiety reduction occurred independent of reduction in autism symptom severity.•Scaffolding structured and predictable social interactions during PRT may be a therapeutic component for anxiety reduction.
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders – Elsevier
Published: Nov 1, 2017
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