Prof Tony Attwood – Managing Anxiety in Autistic Children and Adolescents


Event type Half Day

This event is via live stream
09:00 - 12:00 noon UK time
All delegates have access to the recording for 90 days after the event

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This is a fantastic chance to learn more about Managing Anxiety with Autism with renowned clinical psychologist, Professor Tony Attwood. Plus you get the chance to ask Tony questions at this live stream event.

We can all relate to being anxious at times, but how does this affect children and young people with autism? It should interest all mental health professionals and particularly parents and those that support autistic children and young people.

About the talk

Research and clinical experience confirms an association between autism and anxiety. The first stage of the presentation will focus on reasons why autistic children and teenagers experience high levels of anxiety and how their anxiety is expressed and managed. The second stage is emotion education and the perception of increasing anxiety and the third stage is adaptations to conventional psychological therapies to accommodate the characteristics of autism.

The presentation will focus on:

  • The relevance of delayed Theory of Mind abilities, exteroception and interoception, alexithymia, neurology and maladaptive thinking as contributary factors to high levels of anxiety
  • The behavioural signs of anxiety for autistic children and teenagers including PDA
  • The assessment of anxiety in autistic children
  • Emotion education resources and activities that can be used in therapy for pre-school children to adolescents
  • Adaptations to conventional therapy, particularly CBT, to accommodate the characteristics of autism and associated life experiences
  • Managing a meltdown

Who should attend

This event should be of interest to those who support autistic children and young people.

  • Parents/carers of those with autistic children
  • Social care workers and leaders
  • Teachers and support staff
  • Youth-based service workers and leaders
  • Mental Health & Health Professionals
  • Commissioners of health and education service

About the speaker

Professor Tony Attwood
Professor Tony Attwood

Tony is a clinical psychologist who has specialised in Autism Spectrum Disorders since he qualified as a clinical psychologist in England in 1975.  He currently works in his own private practice, and is also adjunct professor at Griffith University, Queensland and senior consultant at the Minds and Hearts clinic in Brisbane.  His book Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals has sold over 500,000 copies and has been translated into 27 languages.  His subsequent book, The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, published in October 2006 has sold over 300,000 copies and has been translated into 18 languages, and is one of the primary textbooks on Asperger’s syndrome, otherwise known as Autism Spectrum Disorder – Level 1.  He has several subsequent books published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Future Horizons Inc. and Guilford Press on emotion management, relationships and sexuality, and general advice for autistic children and adults.

Tony has been invited to be a keynote speaker at many Australasian and International Conferences.  He presents workshops and runs training courses for parents, professionals and individuals with Asperger’s syndrome all over the world and is a prolific author of scientific papers and books on the subject. He has presented several live webinars with his colleague, Dr. Michelle Garnett, which have been recorded and can be accessed via their website at

He has worked with many thousands of individuals of all ages with many expressions of autism.