• 5 hours 14 mins
  • 30 days to complete course
  • Downloadable PDFs
  • Certificate of completion
  • Suitable for professionals

Course summary

Participants will be trained in how to use the Fun with Feelings programme, which is a ten-stage programme to assist autistic children aged 4-8 years old to understand and manage anxiety. Fun with Feelings is based on a deep understanding of autistic individuals, successful clinical research trials of the programme, and cognitive and behavioural principles.

Fun with Feelings was designed to be utilized by parents and carers with their child, in a home setting, but can also be delivered directly to the parent and child within a school or clinic setting. Participants are trained in each of the therapeutic activities that comprise the ten stage programme. The first five stages prepare parents to implement the Fun with Feelings programme with their child, helping them to understand the causes of their child’s anxiety and how to reduce it. The last five stages of the programme are used with the child using the Having Fun with Feelings workbook to help the child to better recognize and process their own emotions.

Who will benefit?

For parents and carers: To deepen understanding of their child and to equip them with a successful approach and specific strategies at home to reduce their child’s anxiety and to empower their child to understand and articulate their feelings.

For clinicians: To be able to successfully deliver the Fun with Feelings programme with an autistic child, in a clinic or school setting, and to teach and support parents to utilize the programme with their autistic child at home.

Learning objectives

  • Knowledge of the latest research and best clinical practice for autism and anxiety in young children.
  • How to recognize and assess both the conventional signs of anxiety in young children and the signs of anxiety specific to autistic children.
  • To understand the reasons an autistic child often experiences high levels of anxiety.
  • To be able to utilize environmental accommodations, and strategies for both the parents and child to reduce anxiety for the child across home and other settings.

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