Although anxiety can be a lifelong challenge for many people with autism, there are a number of effective behavioural supports that can really help. These supports can help children and adults learn to manage their anxiety more successfully as they engage with peers, family, school, and community.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has long held a key role in the treatment of people with ASD. A central component of this role is the removal of barriers that prevent people with ASD from effectively accessing social, educational, clinical, and community resources.
This workshop is designed for caregivers, parents, teachers, therapists, SLPs and OTs who want to learn more ABA therapy and about behavioural techniques for reducing and managing anxiety.
- ABA Therapy
- Recognizing anxiety
- Sources of anxiety
- Looking at the environment
- Working with social anxiety
- Predicting the future with activity schedules
- Early and continuous exposure
- A regulating day
- Reducing anxiety on play dates and small groups
- Using reinforcement in anxiety reducing procedures
- Shaping alternative, regulating behaviours
A light lunch will be provided.
Leslie Cohen has been working with children and adults diagnosed with ASD for the past 16 years in the United States and Canada. She specializes in helping caregivers effectively support people with ASD through creative, positive, science-based interventions. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of New York and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the PhD level. Dr. Cohen is currently the clinical director of L & A Educational Services, and a school psychologist with the Amherst Public Schools in Massachusetts, where she designs data collection systems and training programs for staff, and consults to multidisciplinary ASD teams.
Pre-registration is required.
This event is intended for adults only. Childcare will not be provided.
Due to allergies and sensitivities, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, aftershave, or scented products such as hairspray or lotions.
Refunds will only be issued for cancellations made before October 7, 2016 at 5pm.
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Autism Ontario-Hamilton Niagara Region
1.) Do I need to print out ticket or email confirmations to attend this event?
For most of our events there is no need to print anything, unless the event specifies otherwise. When you arrive at the event, you will have to check in at the registration desk. You will be asked for your name and how many people are attending with you. That's all.
2.) Do I need to bring proof of diagnosis?
No, not needed. Again, just check in at the registration desk and enjoy the event.
3.) Is there a cost to attend this event?
Almost all of our events are free of charge because the cost is covered by Autism Ontario's Potential Programme, in partnership with Ontario’s Ministry of Children & Youth Services and the local Autism Ontario Chapter. If there is a cost, you will see it on the registration page when you select how many ticket you want.
4.) Do I need to be a member of Autism Ontario to register and participate?
No. While membership does provide other great opportunities, events provided through Autism Ontario’s Potential Programme are open to all families of children with ASD, under the age of 18, who reside in Ontario.
Community Event Coordinator Hamilton Niagara Region