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Anxiety And Autism Spectrum Disorders Workshop
March 12, 2015, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Many individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders demonstrate difficulties with anxiety. It is important that individuals with ASD, as well as those who care for or work with individuals with ASD, have an understanding of how anxiety may impact day to day functioning. As well, it is critical to understand responses that may perpetuate the anxiety versus those that will increase coping skills. This presentation will discuss:
- Developmentally appropriate anxieties;
- Problem anxiety;
- Types of Anxiety Disorders;
- Examples of how Anxiety Disorders present with individuals on the Spectrum; and
- Effective treatment methods.
Kara Wenzel, M.A., Psychologist (Society for Treatment of Autism) completed her Master’s of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from City University of Seattle in 2011. She has been employed by Society for Treatment of Autism since 2000. In her position as a Psychologist, Kara is responsible for: psychoeducational and diagnostic assessments; developing and implementing individualized program plans (i.e., for children aged 2 to 18); consultation and training of front line staff; parent training; developing and implementing positive behaviour support plans based on functional behavioural assessments; consultation to school settings; community education; and material creation to target individualized goals. Kara also has experience counselling youth with ASD.
Jacqueline Beatch is a Doctoral Candidate in the clinical psychology program at the University of Calgary. Her dissertation research involves investigating what types of stimuli children with ASD prefer looking at, and how this relates to their language abilities. Currently, she is gaining experience at Society for Treatment of Autism through a practicum placement. She is also a trainee in the Autism Research Training (ART) Program and has been the recipient of a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Jacqueline has been involved in providing early intervention to young children with ASD in both a day camp and home setting.