This presentation will include research evidence about assessment and diagnosis of ASD including recent changes in diagnostic criteria with the introduction of the DSM V. Professor Attwood will discuss strategies to manage behaviour and emotional regulation.
Managing Feelings: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to manage anxiety, sadness and anger
The presentation explains why children and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome are more prone to develop mood disorders and also explains strategies that can help such individuals learn about and manage emotions.
The Cognitive Behaviour Therapy includes affective education and cognitive restructuring, i.e. improving the understanding of emotions and changing the way the person perceives and responds to emotions. The concept of an emotional toolbox is used to provide a greater range of strategies to manage feelings.
Girls on the Autism Spectrum
This presentation will include research evidence about assessment and diagnosis including aspects of Asperger girl’s developmental profile that mask and delay appropriate diagnosis.
Making Friends: Strategies to improve social understanding and friendship skills
The presentation explains the four stages in the development of friendships and strategies to encourage the development of friendship skills and social integration for children as young as three years. The activities can be applied in the classroom, playground and at home.
Talking about Autism Spectrum Disorder
This presentation explains practical strategies to support parents and teachers to explain ASD to the person with ASD as well as ideas on creating and ASD Friendly Community in the classroom and in the preschool/school environment.
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