2017 Understanding and Helping My Adolescent Students with High-Functioning Autism Cope with Anxiety
Due to communication difficulties, individuals 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 teenagehood can be greatly discomforting and tumultuous for youths with ASD. Anxiety when left untreated in this population can spiral into a wide range of maladaptive and often challenging behaviours.
When such behaviors are misinterpreted, 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 youths with ASD
- Identify common triggers of anxiety in these youths
- Possess a tool to map out environmental triggers as well as deficits in the individual’s personal resources that contribute to current maladaptive coping mechanisms
- Understanding and applying the principles behind Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, an evidence-based treatment for anxiety
- Experience building teaching tools/resource that can be applied in the learning context
Teachers/Educators, Therapists and other Professionals working with Individuals with High-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder
Mr Tan Qiu Quan, Ms Lina Kam, Training Coordinator