Association for Behavior Analysis International

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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Workshop #W72
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Assessing and Addressing Anxiety-Related Behavior in Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Saturday, May 28, 2016
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Roosevelt, Hyatt Regency, Bronze East
Area: AUT/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Joanne Sgambati, Ph.D.
JOANNE SGAMBATI (Eden II/Genesis Programs), JAMIE OBRIEN (Eden II/Genesis)
Description: There is considerable evidence that children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are at increased risk of anxiety and anxiety disorders. Anxiety may worsen during adolescence, as young people face increasingly complex social situations. In some instances, individuals with ASD may become more aware of their differences and interpersonal difficulties and this in turn may lead to higher levels of anxiety. This workshop will address assessment of anxiety through multiple means. The role of functional assessment and functional analysis in the assessment of behavior related to anxiety will be discussed. This workshop will discuss the prevalence of anxiety, a description of anxiety based on the research, specific potential causes of anxiety, and clinical interventions. There will be a focus on the use of self-assessment and self-management. Clinical case examples will be provided throughout the session. Attendees will have an opportunity to work on cases of students with ASD during the workshop.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) describe specific risk factors for anxiety in ASD; (2) select tools for assessment of anxiety-related behavior; (3) develop at least 2 proactive strategies to address anxiety-related behavior; (4) identify at least 2 self-management strategies to be used with students.
Activities: Participants will work on clinical cases provided in a case study format, watch videos of interventions and develop alternative strategies to be used, develop a proactive intervention based on a student case.
Audience: Psychologists, special education professionals, social workers, speech pathologists, parents
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Anxiety, ASD, Asperger's, Autism



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