Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Workshop #W77
CE Offered: BACB
Assessing and Addressing Anxiety-Related Behavior in Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Friday, May 25, 2018
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Regatta ABC
Area: AUT/PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Joanne Sgambati, Ph.D.
HESTER BEKISZ (The Genesis School), JOANNE SGAMBATI (Eden II; Genesis Programs), JILLIAN BRACCOLINO (The Eden II/Genesis Programs)
Description: Description There is considerable evidence that children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are at increased risk of anxiety and anxiety disorders. Anxiety may worsen during adolescence, as young people face increasingly complex social situations. In some instances individuals with ASD may become more aware of their differences and interpersonal difficulties and this in turn may lead to higher levels of anxiety. This workshop will address assessment of anxiety through multiple means. The role of functional assessment and functional analysis in the assessment of behavior related to anxiety will be discussed. This workshop will discuss the prevalence of anxiety, a description of anxiety based on the research, specific potential causes of anxiety and clinical interventions. There will be a focus on the use of self- assessment and self-management. Clinical case examples will be provided throughout the session. Attendees will have an opportunity to work on cases of students with ASD during the workshop.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) describe specific risk factors for anxiety in ASD; (2) select tools for assessment of anxiety-related behavior; (3) develop at leasttwo proactive strategies to address anxiety-related behavior; (4)identify at leasttwo self-management strategies to be used with students.
Activities: 1. Participants will work on clinical cases provided in a case study format. 2. Participants will watch videos of interventions and develop alternative strategies to be used. 3. Participants will develop a proactive intervention based on a student case.
Audience: Psychologists, sped teachers, Social workers, speech pathologists, parents, individuals with ASD
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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