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Managing and Preventing Debilitating Anxiety, Frustration, and Teaching Replacement Skills


Students on the autism spectrum and those with behavioral challenges often present with difficulty regulating their feelings and interacting socially. This workshop describes how to handle meltdowns and design effective behavior plans to prevent these moments and reduce frustration and anxiety. A comprehensive program for addressing anxiety is outlined focsuing on cogntive-behavioral strategies including creating fear ladders (gradual exposure), learning to "think like a scientist" (challenging worrisome thinking), and incorporating exercise, meditation, and other ways to decrease anxiety. Seven common categories of triggers to challenging behaviors are described along with prevention plans for each triggering situation, including demands for work, problems with waiting or handling disappointment, threats to self-esteem (like mistakes or teasing), unmet needs for attention, sensory challenges, and unexpected triggers.

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About the Presenter(s)

Jed Baker

Jed Baker

Jed Baker, Ph.D. is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, a private organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. He is on the professional advisory board of Autism Today, ASPEN, ANSWER, YAI, the Kelberman Center and several other autism organizations. In addition, he writes, lectures, and provides training internationally on the topic of social skills training and managing challenging behaviors. He is an award winning author of nine books, including Overcoming Anxiety in Children and Teens; School Shadow Guidelines; No More Victims; No More Meltdowns; Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Asperger’s Syndrome and Social Communication ProblemsPreparing for Life: The Complete Handbook for the Transition to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Asperger’s SyndromeThe Social Skills Picture Book; and The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond. His work has also been featured on ABC World News, Nightline, the CBS Early Show, and the Discovery Health Channel.