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Dalriada School, Ballymoney Co. Antrim, Ballymoney, Antrim

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Autism and Anxiety Management
Post Primary aged students with autism experience anxiety in many situations, with some experiencing significant anxiety difficulties. For many, school is a major source of stress. While many reasons are shared with the full student body, there are some key factors relating to autism that mean stress and anxiety are more likely. Everyone shows their anxiety in individual ways, so the most reliable observations that a student is anxious are going to be made by the people who know the student best. This highlights the need for a collaborative approach between the family and the school.
This session is an introduction to strategies that can be used to alleviate the experience of anxiety in students with autism. This will include an introduction to cognitively based strategies and how to develop student centred strategies to deal with anxiety.
Expected Outcomes
Participants will:
• Understand how the difficulties experienced by those with autism,  including sensory difficulties, can contribute to the development of anxiety.
• Understand how anxiety can escalate and may result in an outburst.
• Develop some simple strategies to prevent the escalation of anxiety.
• Understand the basics of cognitively based management approaches.
Course Overview
• Anxiety triggers and build up.
• “On the spot” anxiety management strategies.
• Developing a “stress kit”.
• Cognitively based approaches and the emotional toolkit

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Dalriada School, Ballymoney Co. Antrim
St James Road,
Ballymoney
Antrim
BT53 6BL
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Fiona McCaffrey

Fiona McCaffrey

Dr Fiona McCaffrey is Head of Research and Development at Middletown Centre. Fiona has a graduate qualification in Autism, a Master’s in Counselling and is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. She has worked individually and in-group sessions with older children and young adults with autism and their parents. Fiona has spoken and presented nationally and internationally on autism and the work of Middletown Centre.

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Dalriada School, Ballymoney Co. Antrim , Ballymoney , Antrim

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