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Anxiety is one of the biggest challenges facing young people with autism, their families and their school. Many young people can experience anxiety in all areas of their lives, school, family, and social life, and it may compound the difficulties they experience when communicating, interacting socially, and controlling their emotions. Managing Anxiety explains a range of different types of strategies that can help manage anxiety in school and home, and takes into consideration the different roles people play in a child's or young person’s life: parent, sibling and teacher. This training session will provide participants with information on common mental health challenges that people with autism can experience. There will be a particular emphasis on the experience of anxiety, this will include depression, anxiety disorders and cognitive strategies to help manage anxiety.
Fiona McCaffrey is Head of Research and Development at the Middletown Centre for Autism. She has worked individually and in-group sessions with older children and young adults with autism and their parents. Her PhD research addressed the area of managing anxiety in young adults with autism; she also holds an MSc in Counselling and a Postgraduate qualification in autism. Fiona is a Chartered Psychologist and has previously worked for Autism NI and the University of Birmingham.