2017 Understanding and Helping My Adolescent Child with High-Functioning Autism Cope with Anxiety
Target AudienceParents & Caregivers
Due to communication difficulties, our children with ASD often struggle to describe how they feel, which can make it difficult to detect and diagnose anxiety. With increasing academic and social demands from school, home and community, the transition from childhood to adolescence can be greatly discomforting and tumultuous for youths with ASD. Anxiety when left untreated in this population can spiral into a wide range of challenging behaviours.
When such behaviors are misinterpreted by caregivers and significant others, it can lead to poor management on the part of the youth with ASD as well as the experience of heightened frustration of those around.
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be empowered with the following:
- Basic understanding of common presentations of anxiety in adolescents with ASD
- Identify common environmental triggers of anxiety in these adolescents and understand how deficits in the individual's personal resources contribute to maladaptive coping
- Understanding and applying the principles behind Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, an evidence-based treatment for anxiety
Parents and Caregivers of Individuals with High-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder
Mr Tan Qiu Quan, Ms Lina Kam, Training Coordinator