Puberty Anxiety & Autism: It will happen. Understanding the impact on your teen, and practical strategies to help
BACB Type 2 CEU available - 3.5 CE credits
Puberty is a commonly-neglected topic when parenting a child with autism. This absence leaves families trying to come to terms with a myriad of changes, with minimal support and guidance. This workshop will delve into the impact of puberty on ASD individuals and their families, offering practical strategies such as task analyses, discrimination training, visuals, and social stories as a means of supporting this major life transition.
We all feel anxious at various times but for individuals on the spectrum it has the potential to restrict access to everyday activities. Symptoms of anxiety can be misattributed to observable ASD behaviours (particularly common for individuals with higher support requirements). During this workshop we will discuss potential functions of anxiety such as challenging/inappropriate behaviours, self-stimulatory behaviours, withdrawing from social situations, excessive questioning. Participants will gain information on function-based solutions.
Nichola will also give a keynote address at ABA Today. Click here to learn about Nichola's keynote topic and read her biographical details.