Autism Ontario-Anxiety & ABA Workshop with Leslie Cohen- Hamilton
Although anxiety can be a lifelong challenge for many people with autism, there are a number of effective behavioural supports that can really help. These supports can help children and adults learn to manage their anxiety more successfully as they engage with peers, family, school, and community.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has long held a key role in the treatment of people with ASD. A central component of this role is the removal of barriers that prevent people with ASD from effectively accessing social, educational, clinical, and community resources.
This workshop is designed for caregivers, parents, teachers, therapists, SLPs and OTs who want to learn more ABA therapy and about behavioural techniques for reducing and managing anxiety.
•Sources of anxiety
•Looking at the environment
•Working with social anxiety
•Predicting the future with activity schedules
•Early and continuous exposure
•A regulating day
•Reducing anxiety on play dates and small groups
•Using reinforcement in anxiety reducing procedures
•Shaping alternative, regulating behaviours
Leslie Cohen has been working with children and adults diagnosed with ASD for the past 16 years in the United States and Canada. She specializes in helping caregivers effectively support people with ASD through creative, positive, science-based interventions. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of New York and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the PhD level. Dr. Cohen is currently the clinical director of L & A Educational Services, and a school psychologist with the Amherst Public Schools in Massachusetts, where she designs data collection systems and training programs for staff, and consults to multidisciplinary ASD teams.
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