Purple tinted image of a young child covering their face with their hands. Superimposed over the image is white text reading 'Emotion Management for Autistic Children & Adolescents', and the presenters names, Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett

Emotion Management For Autistic Children And Adolescents

Autistic children and adolescents often struggle to understand and express emotions, resulting in high levels of anxiety, stress, anger and/or depression.

Conventional strategies that encourage emotion management for typical children do not seem to be as effective with autistic children. The child’s quality of life, self-esteem and well-being will be influenced by their ability to manage emotions and difficulties with emotion management can lead to being suspended and having a notoriety that will affect the attitude of teachers and peers as well as the attitude of the child to themselves.

Through several decades of working with autistic children and adolescents and their families and schools, Michelle and Tony have discovered, developed and evaluated emotion management strategies based on Mindfulness and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy that have proven to be effective in assisting autistic children to learn about, and manage, their emotions from anxiety to love.

Who will Benefit?

  • Teachers, teacher aides, SEDU staff, school administration staff
  • Mental health professionals, including psychologists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, social workers, counsellors, GPs, paediatricians, psychiatrists, mental health nurses, nurse practitioners – mental health and developmental educators
  • Parents, carers and family members who support an autistic child or adolescent

Autistic children and adolescents often struggle to understand and express emotions, resulting in high levels of anxiety, stress, anger and/or depression.

Conventional strategies that encourage emotion management for typical children do not seem to be as effective with children with autism. The child’s quality of life, self-esteem and well-being will be influenced by their ability to manage emotions and difficulties with emotion management can lead to being suspended and having a notoriety that will affect the attitude of teachers and peers as well as the attitude of the child to themselves.

Through several decades of working with autistic children and adolescents and their families and schools, Michelle and Tony have discovered, developed and evaluated emotion management strategies based on Mindfulness and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy that have proven to be effective in assisting autistic children to learn about, and manage, their emotions from anxiety to love.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand why autistic children and adolescents have emotion management difficulties
  • Recognise how anxiety presents behaviourally for an autistic child or adolescent
  • Gain strategies to manage intense anger and meltdowns
  • Know how to deal with challenging behaviour
  • Understand and support strategies to assist an autistic child or adolescent to overcome depression
  • Utilise anxiety management strategies to assist an autistic child to feel calmer at school

When: 9.30am-4.00pm (AEST Brisbane) Friday 18th November 2022

Where: Webinar online (and in-person in Adelaide)

Presented by: Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett

Cost: $195.00 Early Bird (ends 03/11/22) or $230.00 Full Price.  Cost may be claimable from NDIS funding if you are Self-Managed or Plan Managed.

Find out more and register online