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Managing Anxiety in People with Autism

Anxiety is one of the biggest challenges facing people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families. They can experience anxiety in all areas of their lives -- school, family, and social life -- and it compounds the difficulties they already may have with communicating, interacting socially, and controlling their emotions. Managing Anxiety in People with Autism is one of the first books to provide practical information about dealing with anxiety in people with ASD. Drawing on her experience diagnosing and treating anxiety in people with ASD at the treatment centre she founded in Sydney, Australia, Dr Chalfant provides clear, understandable explanations of the different types of anxiety disorders, how they affect people across the autism spectrum, and what interventions can help. The book teaches parents: to know how and why their child is prone to anxiety; to understand their role in their child's anxious behaviour; to recognise and respond to anxious behaviour appropriately. Case studies and research findings help to illustrate the author's points and clarify the causes and symptoms of anxious behaviour. This book explains a range of different types of strategies that can help manage and treat anxiety in school, home, and clinical settings and takes into consideration the different roles people play in a child's or adult's life: parent, sibling, teacher, etc. Readers learn about ways to modify behaviour and/or the environment to indirectly reduce anxiety, as well as interventions, such as medication or psychotherapy, which deal with symptoms directly. The discussion of more formal interventions -- psychotherapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and medication -- how these methods can target specific anxieties. Because anxiety is generally more common in parents and siblings of a child with ASD, the author also offers ways they too can reduce their symptoms.
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Anne Chalfant is the founder and director of Annie's Centre, Sydney's first independent health clinic established exclusively for the health and developmental needs of children and their families. Dr Chalfant is noted for her research into the anxiety difficulties of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which she has presented at both national and international conferences.


In this updated edition, McClannahan and Krantz share their 20-plus years of research in the use of picture schedules with children, teens, and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The authors explain not only how to create and use an activity schedule but how to determine whether a child has the skills to use a schedule and how to teach an individual to use one. An activity schedule can reduce frustration and anxiety and increase communication, support appropriate use of free time and inclusion in family chores and activities, and ease transitions and create a sense of self-confidence and independence in children and adults. New to this volume are instructions on how to use visual schedules electronically via iPod or BlackBerry. VERDICT This instructional manual will provide parents and teachers with all they need to know to prepare, teach, encourage, and support their child or student in using a visual activity schedule. This is essential for any family with an autistic child.-Lisa M. Jordan, Johnson Cty. Lib., KS Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

"A skillful explanation of the causes of anxiety, this guide also outlines strategies for helping those with ASD to cope and reduce their anxiety. A must-have for parents, teachers, and clinicians dealing with autistic children struggling with anxiety." Lisa M. Jordan, Johnson Cty. Lib., KS, published in Library Journal Aug 2011

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