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Anxiety Disorders and Autism
Thursday February 9, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
Presented by Jeffrey A. Lox, MSSA, LISW-S, ACSW, Chief Operating Officer of Bellefaire JCB and Associate Director of Wingspan Care Group
Sponsored by Monarch Center for Autism, STAR Autism Support, and VizZle
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A variety of comorbid mental health conditions occur regularly for many children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Anxiety disorders, anxious symptoms, and developmentally appropriate “worries” present themselves in students with ASD in as many ways as they do in more typically developing children, and they often lead to behavioral challenges for students with ASD. There are highly effective, well-known behavioral and cognitive strategies and interventions for helping manage anxiety but these methods are largely geared toward more “typical” youth. The ways of training professionals to assist youth with anxiety symptoms and conditions focus almost exclusively on language-driven, cognitive methods, which aren’t always effective with children on the autism spectrum. In this webinar, Jeffrey A. Lox, MSSA, LISW-S, ACSW, and Chief Operating Officer of Bellefaire JCB demonstrates how to:
- Identify common anxiety-based conditions, symptoms, and behaviors exhibited by students with ASD
- Review Cognitive Behavioral and Family Systems Interventions for anxiety-based issues
- Discuss challenges and potential methods for successful use of anxiety reducing and managing skills and strategies for youth with ASD
This recorded webinar will benefit educators of children of all ages, behavior specialists, and SLP, OT, PT, music, art, and recreation therapists.
About the Presenter
Jeffrey A. Lox, MSSA, LISW-S, ACSW currently serves as the chief operating officer of Bellefaire JCB in Cleveland, OH, one of the nation’s largest and most experienced child service agencies. In this role, Mr. Lox functions as chief clinician and is administratively responsible for operations of the agency’s program divisions. Mr. Lox holds a master’s degree in social service administration with a concentration in child and adolescent mental health from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Miami University. Mr. Lox is a licensed independent social worker-supervisor, a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, and a member of The National Association of Social Workers. In addition, Mr. Lox is an adjunct faculty member at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University on topics including child, adolescent, and family mental health.
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Monarch Center for Autism, a division of Bellefaire JCB, is located in Cleveland, Ohio. Monarch offers a comprehensive array of programs and services for individuals ages three through adulthood with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Highlights, which incorporate Monarch’s visual language treatment model, include a preschool; day school for children, adolescents & young adults; transition education program; summer & extended school year programs; therapeutic residential treatment program; adult vocational & supported living programs; and community training.
STAR Autism Support (SAS) provides curriculum materials, workshops and training to school and agency staff who work with students with autism. Our mission is to help others successfully implement research-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques. We want every child with autism to receive effective instruction!
VizZle provides a library of more than 14,000 lessons and the tools and media to customize them or create your own from scratch. The lessons can be tailored to any grade level, assigned to any student, and played on iPad or Android tablets, laptop or desktop computers. Data is tracked automatically. This award-winning software is developed collaboratively with educators.