About the Author
is the founder and director of Annie’s Centre, Sydney's first independent health clinic established exclusively for the health and developmental needs of children and
their families. Dr. Chalfant is noted for
her research into the anxiety difficulties of
children with an autism spectrum disorder
(ASD), which she has presented at both
national and international conferences.
Award-Winning Finalist in the Health: Psychology/Mental Health category of the 2012 International Book Awards
Anxiety is one of the biggest challenges facing people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families. They can experience anxiety in all areas of their lives--school, family, and social life--and it compounds the difficulties they already may have with communicating,
interacting socially, and controlling their emotions. Managing Anxiety in People with Autism is one of the first books to provide practical information about dealing with anxiety in people with ASD.
Drawing on her experience diagnosing and treating
anxiety in people with ASD at the treatment center she founded in Sydney, Australia, Dr. Chalfant provides clear, understandable explanations of the different types of anxiety disorders, how they affect people across the
autism spectrum, and what interventions can help.
The book teaches parents:
Case studies and research findings help to illustrate the author's points and clarify the causes and symptoms of anxious behavior.
- to know how and why their child is prone to
- to understand their role in their child's anxious behavior
- to recognize and respond to anxious behavior
Managing Anxiety explains a range of different types of strategies that can help manage and treat anxiety in school, home, and clinical settings and takes into consideration
the different roles people play in a child's or
adult's life: parent, sibling, teacher, etc. Readers learn about ways to modify behavior and/or the environment to indirectly reduce anxiety, as well as interventions, such as medication or psychotherapy, which deal with symptoms
directly. The discussion of more formal interventions--psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and medication--show how these methods can target specific anxieties. Because anxiety is generally more common in parents and siblings of a child with ASD, the author also offers ways they too can reduce their symptoms.