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Addressing Comorbid Anxiety Among Youth with ASD and Related Disorders


Research indicates that nearly half of youth with ASD and related disorders experience one or more co-occurring anxiety disorders. Further, the presence of such comorbid disorders tends to significantly increase the day-to-day impairment experienced by these youth. Unfortunately, most providers well-versed in anxiety disorders do not have sufficient experience in working with youth on the spectrum; similarly, many providers trained and experienced in addressing core ASD symptoms are not familiar with recognizing and treating co-morbid anxiety disorders. In this presentation, participants will gain familiarity with recognizing the warning signs of anxiety disorders, and practice implementing evidence-based interventions.

About the Presenter(s)

Joshua Nadeau

Joshua Nadeau

Dr. Josh Nadeau is a licensed clinical psychologist who supervises the clinical treatment team for all programs at Rogers Behavioral Health of Tampa. In addition, Dr. Nadeau holds a research faculty position with the Department of Pediatrics at University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine. In his research and practice, Dr. Nadeau focuses upon the adaptation of evidence-based techniques to address the unique needs of youth and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Nadeau received his doctoral training in school psychology, completing his postdoctoral research fellowship in clinical psychology from the University of South Florida. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the clinical treatment of children, adolescents and adults. Additionally, Dr. Nadeau is an active member of the International OCD Foundation, the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, and Association for Positive Behavioral Support.