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Managing Anxiety in People with Autism


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Anne Chalfant is the founder and director of Annie's Centre, Sydney's first independent health clinic established exclusively for the health and developmental needs of children and their families. Dr Chalfant is noted for her research into the anxiety difficulties of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which she has presented at both national and international conferences.


In this updated edition, McClannahan and Krantz share their 20-plus years of research in the use of picture schedules with children, teens, and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The authors explain not only how to create and use an activity schedule but how to determine whether a child has the skills to use a schedule and how to teach an individual to use one. An activity schedule can reduce frustration and anxiety and increase communication, support appropriate use of free time and inclusion in family chores and activities, and ease transitions and create a sense of self-confidence and independence in children and adults. New to this volume are instructions on how to use visual schedules electronically via iPod or BlackBerry. VERDICT This instructional manual will provide parents and teachers with all they need to know to prepare, teach, encourage, and support their child or student in using a visual activity schedule. This is essential for any family with an autistic child.-Lisa M. Jordan, Johnson Cty. Lib., KS Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

"A skillful explanation of the causes of anxiety, this guide also outlines strategies for helping those with ASD to cope and reduce their anxiety. A must-have for parents, teachers, and clinicians dealing with autistic children struggling with anxiety." Lisa M. Jordan, Johnson Cty. Lib., KS, published in Library Journal Aug 2011

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