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.
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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 30 years. 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.
Understand why autistic children and adolescents have emotion management difficulties.
Recognise how anxiety presents behaviourally for an autistic child or adolescent.
Gain strategies to manage intense anger and meltdowns.
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 child to feel calmer at school.
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 autistic children and teenagers. Participants can generate hypotheses about why the individual is dysregulated or defiant and use their hypotheses to inform their behavioural plan.
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. Participants will be able to understand and begin to plan to implement strategies at home or school to support their autistic child or student.
Focus: Explicitly teaching about emotions and social awareness in the classroom and beyond.
Objective: Participants can recognise the early signs of escalating emotion in autistic individuals. Participants can explicitly teach social and emotional awareness in the classroom and beyond.
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 autistic individuals.
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.
What You Will Receive
The Live Training runs for 5.5 hours
There is opportunity for Q&A with Michelle and Tony at specific times throughout the day
Downloadable Handouts to complement the course
You may count 5.5 hours toward your CPD hours
If attending live, morning tea and lunch are provided
All attendees will be given access to the recording for 60 days after the event (accessed via the Member Dashboard)
Certificate of Attendance (upon request)
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For In the Room Cancellations: Up to 7 days notice for cancellation payment will be refunded, minus a £100 administrative fee per day to cover catering and administrative costs. At less than 7 days notice there will be no refund, but a credit note with Attwood and Garnett Events for future events, minus £100 per day, will be issued. Attendance is fully transferable.
For Webcast Cancellations: Up to 7 days notice for cancellation payment will be refunded, minus a £25 administrative fee to cover administrative costs. At less than 7 days notice there will be no refund, but a credit note with Attwood and Garnett Events for future events, minus £100, will be issued. Attendance is fully transferable.
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