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12th Annual Autism Conference; Miami, FL; 2018
Invited Paper Session #11
CE Offered: PSY/BACB/QABA/NASP
Mindfulness-Based Interventions for People With Autism and Their Caregivers
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
8:30 AM–9:20 AM
Nirbhay N. Singh, Ph.D.
Ruth Anne Rehfeldt (Southern Illinois University)
NIRBHAY N. SINGH (Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University)
Nirb Singh is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University, GA. and CEO of MacTavish Behavioral Health, LLC in Raleigh, NC. He is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. He has published 21 books and over 650 articles and book chapters. He is the editor-in-chief of three journals—Mindfulness, Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and the Journal of Child and Family Studies, and three book series. He has broad research interests that include mindfulness-based interventions, and assistive technology for people with severe/profound intellectual and multiple disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, post-coma in minimally conscious state, and others with neurodegenerative diseases. He is the developer of several mindfulness-based interventions, including Mindfulness-Based Positive Behavior Support (MBPBS).
People with autism spectrum disorder exhibit behaviors that may negatively impact their own quality of life as well as of their caregivers. Their challenging behaviors are correlated with negative psychological outcomes in their caregivers, such as stress, anxiety, and depression. Mindfulness-based interventions provide an evidence-based approach for alleviating emotional dysregulation in people with various psychological, medical, and physical problems. Mindfulness involves awareness and nonjudgmental acceptance of thoughts, emotions, feelings, and perceptions in the present moment. A mindful individual is able to reflect and respond to events rather than automatically react to them. This process of self-regulation in the present moment has been associated with enhanced quality of life. This presentation will review current research on mindfulness-based interventions for both people with autism and their caregivers.
Board certified behavior analysts, licensed psychologists, graduate students.
At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Define and describe mindfulness, (2) Describe current status of mindfulness-based interventions for people with autism and their caregivers, (3) Describe how specific mindfulness-based strategies can be used by individuals with autism to self-manage their angst, anger and aggression, (4) Describe how caregivers can use mindfulness-based strategies to manage their stress and burnout.
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