Anxiety Disorders and Autism

Presented by: Jeffrey A. Lox, MSSA, LISW-S, ACSW, Chief Operating Officer of Bellefaire JCB and Associate Director of Wingspan Care Group
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A variety of comorbid mental health conditions occur regularly for many children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Anxiety disorders, anxious symptoms, and developmentally appropriate “worries” present themselves in students with ASD in as many ways as they do in more typically developing children, and they often lead to behavioral challenges for students with ASD. There are highly effective, well-known behavioral and cognitive strategies and interventions for helping manage anxiety but these methods are largely geared toward more “typical” youth. The ways of training professionals to assist youth with anxiety symptoms and conditions focus almost exclusively on language-driven, cognitive methods, which aren’t always effective with children on the autism spectrum. In this webinar, Jeffrey A. Lox, MSSA, LISW-S, ACSW, and Chief Operating Officer of Bellefaire JCB…

  • Identified common anxiety-based conditions, symptoms, and behaviors exhibited by students with ASD
  • Reviewed Cognitive Behavioral and Family Systems Interventions for anxiety-based issues, and
  • Discussed challenges and potential methods for successful use of anxiety reducing and managing skills and strategies for youth with ASD