ONLINE COURSE: Emotion Management for Autistic Children and Adolescents

$230.00

Description

Autistic children and adolescents often struggle to understand and express emotions, resulting in high levels of anxiety, stress, anger and/or depression.

Conventional strategies that encourage emotion management for typical children do not seem to be as effective with autistic children. The child’s quality of life, self-esteem and well-being will be influenced by their ability to manage emotions and difficulties with emotion management can lead to being suspended and having a notoriety that will affect the attitude of teachers and peers as well as the attitude of the child to themselves.

Through several decades of working with autistic children and adolescents and their families and schools, Michelle and Tony have discovered, developed and evaluated emotion management strategies based on Mindfulness and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy that have proven to be effective in assisting autistic children to learn about, and manage, their emotions from anxiety to love.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand why autistic children and adolescents have emotion management difficulties
  • Recognise how anxiety presents behaviourally for autistic children and adolescents
  • Gain strategies to manage the child’s intense anger
  • Know how to deal with challenging behaviour
  • Understand and support strategies to assist an autistic child or adolescent to overcome depression
  • Utilise anxiety management strategies to assist an autistic student to feel calmer at school

What will I be able to do as a result of taking this course?

By the end of the course participants will be able to understand the reasons autistic children and adolescents commonly experience strong emotions (for e.g. anxiety, anger and depression), how these strong emotions present behaviourally, and how to effectively manage strong emotions.

Who will Benefit?

  • Teachers, teacher aides, SEDU staff, school administration staff
  • Mental health professionals, including:
    • psychologists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, social workers, counsellors, GPs, paediatricians, psychiatrists, mental health nurses, nurse practitioners – mental health and developmental educators
  • Parents, carers and family members who support an autistic child or adolescent

Course Details

  • Updated April 2022
  • 5 hours 15 mins
  • 30 days to complete course – Extend anytime
  • Downloadable PDFs
  • Certificate of completion

Description

Autistic children and adolescents often struggle to understand and express emotions, resulting in high levels of anxiety, stress, anger and/or depression.

Conventional strategies that encourage emotion management for typical children do not seem to be as effective with children with autism. The child’s quality of life, self-esteem and well-being will be influenced by their ability to manage emotions and difficulties with emotion management can lead to being suspended and having a notoriety that will affect the attitude of teachers and peers as well as the attitude of the child to themselves.

Through several decades of working with autistic children and adolescents and their families and schools, Michelle and Tony have discovered, developed and evaluated emotion management strategies based on Mindfulness and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy that have proven to be effective in assisting autistic children to learn about, and manage, their emotions from anxiety to love.

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About the speakers

Prof Tony Attwood PhD With a career spanning five decades, Professor Tony Attwood is considered to be one of the world’s foremost experts on Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has an Honour’s degree in Psychology from the University of Hull, a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Surrey and a PhD from the University of London. He is currently an adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Queensland. Tony has written many publications on Asperger’s Syndrome. His original book, titled Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals was published in 1998 and has been translated into over 25 languages.

Tony operates a diagnostic and psychological support clinic two days a week for children and adults. He also spends considerable time travelling nationally and internationally to present workshops and seminars.

 

Dr Michelle Garnett PhD is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in autism for nearly three decades. Her peer-reviewed research has informed understanding of early detection, the female profile and the importance of good mental health for autistic individuals. She has co-authored six highly regarded books on autism, five with Prof Tony Attwood. Her 2018 book with Barb Cook is a seminal work on the female presentation, Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism. Her most recent books Having Fun with Feelings on the Autism Spectrum and Ten Steps to Reducing Your Child Anxiety on the Autism Spectrum provide guidance to parents of young children on the autism spectrum.  She regularly provides training to four Australian Universities.

 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand why autistic children and adolescents  have emotion management difficulties
  • Recognise how anxiety presents behaviourally for autistic children and adolescents
  • Gain strategies to manage the child’s intense anger
  • Know how to deal with challenging behaviour
  • Understand and support strategies to assist an autistic child or adolescent to overcome depression
  • Utilise anxiety management strategies to assist an autistic student to feel calmer at school

Module Breakdown

Module 1

Focus: Understanding the behaviour and emotion management problems of autism

Objective: Participants will be able to understand the potential reasons behind emotion management problems and challenging behaviour for children and teenagers with autism. Participants can generate hypotheses about why the individual is dysregulated or defiant and use their hypotheses to inform their behavioural plan

Module 2

Focus: Recognising anxiety and anger, how both emotions often underpin behaviour problems in autism and how to manage anger and anxiety in the classroom and beyond

Objectives: Participants will be able to recognise high levels of anxiety in their autistic individuals, and the triggers for this anxiety. Participants will be able to establish clear expectations of pro-social behaviour, including those on the autism spectrum. Participants will be able to understand and begin to plan to implement strategies to manage children experiencing high levels of anxiety

Module 3

Focus: Explicitly teaching about emotions and social awareness in the classroom and beyond

Objective: Participants can recognise the early signs of escalating behaviour in individuals with autism. Participants can explicitly teach social and emotional awareness in the classroom and beyond

Module 4

Focus: Preventing and managing violent or potentially violent episodes

Objectives: Participants will have a plan to implement strategies for preventing and managing violent or potentially violent episodes with individuals