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Promoting emotional wellbeing in children and young people on the autism spectrum


20/11/2019 09:30






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This seminar will provide an understanding of the relationship between anxiety and autism, recognising the impact of anxiety on individuals with autism, and will support you to develop strategies to promote wellbeing.

You will receive a current overview of autism spectrum conditions, understand some of the reasons leading to raised anxiety for children and young people with autism, and will outline an action plan to take back to your setting.

Key learning:

  • Understanding the impact of anxiety on children with autism spectrum disorders
  • Embedding emotional wellbeing in your setting
  • Interactive approaches to support children and young people with autism.

"As a probation teacher who has never previously trained in autism, I found today's advice and learning life changing in terms of ideas and confidence and motivation." (Delegate, March 2019)

Facilitator bio

Ruth Fidler is an experienced Education Consultant specialising in complex autism, Pathological Demand Avoidance, interactive approaches and emotional wellbeing. She worked at an all age non-maintained special school for around 100 pupils across the autism spectrum for 22 years until 2014 since when she has worked independently. She provides training and consultation across the UK to support families and professionals work collaboratively in meeting the educational needs of children and young people with complex autism and PDA.

She has contributed to publications in the Good Autism Practice (GAP) journal on the subject of promoting emotional wellbeing and is co-author of two books: Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance syndrome in children (2012) and Can I Tell You About Pathological Demand Avoidance? (2015).

She has been interviewed for TV by BBC and Channel 4 regarding educational provision for pupils with Pathological Demand Avoidance (both broadcast May 2015).

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