Date: Friday 23 June 2017
Time: 9 am - 4.30 pm
Location: Griffith University, Mt Gravatt campus Building M10_Room 5.02
Autism and Anxiety
Almost 40% of children on the spectrum experience high levels of anxiety. In this seminar, we will explore the association between autism and anxiety and the impact this can have on daily life. You will find out how autistic individuals and their parents perceive anxiety and learn of the latest research on how best to prevent and manage anxiety. We will also include discussion of practical tips and strategies from the perspective of an autistic person.
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Program of Events
Friday 23 June 2017
Time: 9 am
Speaker: Prof Jacqueline Roberts
Time: 9:15 am – 10:45 am
Speaker: Dr Kate SofronoffThis session will provide an overview of the program development and intervention work that has been done in the area of anxiety and autism spectrum conditions. Much of the program development and evaluation of those interventions has been completed in Australia and has led directly to the development of best practice standards for programs to be used with children on the spectrum and their families.
I will describe the programs that I have worked with directly and talk about the outcomes that were achieved from those programs. I will also outline programs developed and trialled by others. In moving from working specifically with anxiety in children I have also worked on the Secret Agent Society social-emotional skills program, which targets social interaction skills but also necessarily involves treating anxiety in the context of social situations. This program is currently being evaluated in grade 5 classrooms delivered by teachers to the whole class. I will also discuss an interactive website that has been developed through a CRC project to help academic staff in universities gain a better understanding of how best to help students on the spectrum who might present with anxiety in relation to participation in group activities and course work.
I will briefly describe an intervention currently being evaluated for adults on the spectrum with anxiety and finally, I will outline some preliminary findings from focus groups and interviews with older adults on the spectrum in relation to anxiety. While much of the foundational work in anxiety and autism has been completed with children, there is now a move to taking a lifespan approach and recognition of the need for programs for teens and adults. I am happy to take questions about any of the material presented and I encourage interaction throughout the seminar.
Morning Tea: 10:45am – 11.15am
Time: 11:15 am – 12:45 pm
Speaker: Dr Dawn Adams
Dawn’s talk will discuss the presentation of anxiety in individuals with autism and how this may present differently at different ages and interact with behaviour. She will review the available measures and how the profile of autism may make some of these more or less appropriate for different individuals.
Lunch: 12:45pm – 1:30pm
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Speaker: Cindy Nicolett
Cindy’s presentation will focus on her PhD research, which involved developing and trialling an anxiety program for adults on the spectrum, including the program development and the findings from the trial. Cindy will also discuss the way programs, such as the one she developed, as well as Psychological services, can be adapted for adults with autism and co-occurring intellectual disability.
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Speaker: Jacky Den Houting
Through her PhD research, Jacky is investigating the link between anxiety and academic achievement for Autistic students. She will explore anxiety from the perspective of Autistic children and their parents, covering issues such as the prevalence of anxiety, types of anxiety, and impact that anxiety has on everyday life. Jacky will also provide her own Autistic perspective on anxiety, giving insight into how Autistic people may experience anxiety and strategies for effective coping.