10 Steps to Reducing Your Child's Anxiety on the Autism Spectrum
The CBT-Based 'Fun with Feelings' Parent Manual
Author 1: Michelle Garnett
Part of the fun with feelings program to help children regulate their emotions
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Recognising, expressing and understanding emotions helps young children make sense of their life experiences. Children diagnosed with autism can have significant difficulties with recognising and processing emotions which can lead to high levels of anxiety as they struggle to make sense of the unpredictable world around them.
The 'Fun with Feelings' programme is designed to help parents support their children with emotional regulation and to decrease anxiety. This guide is structured around 10 stages. The initial four stages prepare parents to implement the programme with their child. These stages help parents understand the causes of anxiety and provide practical strategies for creating a toolbox to reduce anxiety. The final six stages are used in conjunction with Having Fun with Feelings on the Autism Spectrum: A CBT Activity Book for Kids Age 4-8, allowing parents to support their child while working through the activity book.
The authors provide the stepping stones for parents of young children with autism to better understand their child's emotional skill set and empower them to understand and articulate their feelings.