Facing Your Fears Manual
Anxiety is one of the biggest challenges faced by children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders and Asperger syndrome. Help them conquer their fears - and participate more fully in home, school, and community life - with this innovative group therapy program for children 8-14 years old and their parents.
Ideal for small groups of 4-5 children but also effective in one-to-one therapy, this proven, ready-to-use program is a must for mental health professionals who work with children and families in clinical settings. Developed to address the specific needs and challenges of children with high-functioning ASD and Asperger syndrome, Facing Your Fears works because it:
- targets specific fears or worries that interfere with day-to-day functioning at home and school
- actively involves parents in every session - the key to helping children make progress and ensuring that families provide skillful, sensitive support
- is backed by more than 7 years of funded research, including two clinical trials with positive outcomes
- engages children with memorable, age-appropriate strategies for defeating anxiety, from creating "worry bugs" to filming movies of themselves facing their fears
- gives children repeated opportunities to practice their social interactions with others
- uses the highly effective principles of cognitive behavioral therapy
- helps children and parents generalize the skills they learn in group to other settings
Supporting Journal Articles and Chapters
Reaven, J., & Willar, K. (in press). Group cognitive behavior therapy for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and anxiety. In Kerns, C., Wood, J., Storch, E., Renno, P., & Kendall, P. Evidence Based Assessment and Treatment of Anxiety in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Elsevier Press
Keefer, A., Kreiser, N., Singh, V., Blakeley-Smith, A., Duncan, A., Johnson, C., Klinger, L., Meyer, A., Reaven, J., & Vasa, R. (2016). Intolerance of uncertainty predicts anxiety outcomes following CBT in Youth with ASD, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, DOI 10.1007/s10803-016-2852-z.
Hepburn, S.L., Blakeley-Smith, A., Wolff, B. & Reaven, J.A. (2015). Telehealth delivery of cognitive-behavioral intervention to youth with autism spectrum disorder and anxiety: A pilot study. Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice, 1-12, doi: 10.1177/1362361315575164.
Reaven, J., Washington, L., Moody, E., Stern, J., Hepburn, S., & Blakeley-Smith, A. (2015). Examining the relationship between parental anxiety and treatment response in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and anxiety. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi: 10.1007/s10803-015-2410-0.
Reaven, J., and Wainer, A. (2015). Children and adolescents with ASD and co-occurring psychiatric conditions: current trends in intervention. In R. M. Hodapp, & D. J. Fidler (Eds.), International Review of Research in Developmental Disabilities (pp. 45–90). ISBN: 9780128021811. Elsevier Inc. Academic Press.
Reaven, J., Blakeley-Smith, A., & Hepburn, S. (2014). Bridging the research to practice gap in autism research: Implementing group CBT interventions for youth with ASD and anxiety in clinical practice. In T. Davis, S. White, & T. Ollendick (Eds.), Handbook of Autism and Anxiety. New York, NY: Springer.
Reaven, J., Blakeley-Smith, A., Beattie, T.L., Sullivan, A., Moody, E.J., Stern, J.A., Hepburn, S.L., & Smith, I.M. (2014). Improving transportability of a cognitive-behavioral treatment intervention for anxiety in youth with autism spectrum disorders: Results from a US-Canadian collaboration. Autism, published online Jan 2014, DOI: 10.1177/1362361313518124
Stern, J., Gagil, M., Blakeley-Smith, A., Reaven, J., & Hepburn, S. (2014). Psychometric Properties of the SCARED in Youth with ASD, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8, 1225-1234.
Hepburn, S. L., Stern, J. A., Blakeley-Smith, A., Kimel, L. K., & Reaven, J. A. (2014). Complex psychiatric comorbidity of treatment-seeking youth with autism spectrum disorder and anxiety symptoms. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 7(4), 359-378.
Reaven, J. & Blakeley-Smith, A. (2013). Parental involvement in treating anxiety in youth with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. In Scarpa, A., White, S., & Attwood, T. CBT for Children and Adolescents with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders, Guilford Press, New York.
Reaven, J., Blakeley-Smith, A., Leuthe, E., Moody, E., & Hepburn, S. (2012). Facing your fears in adolescence: Cognitive-behavioral therapy for high-functioning autism spectrum disorders and anxiety. Autism Research and Treatment. Advance online publication. doi:10.1155/2012/423905
Blakeley-Smith, A., Reaven, J., Ridge, K., & Hepburn, S. (2012). Parent-child agreement of anxiety symptoms in youth with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 6, 707-716. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2011.07.020
Reaven, J., Blakeley-Smith, A., Culhane-Shelburne, K., & Hepburn, S. (2012). Group cognitive behavior therapy for children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders and anxiety: A randomized trial. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 53, 410-419. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7610.2011.02486.
Reaven, J. (2011). The treatment of anxiety symptoms in youth with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders: Developmental considerations for parents. Brain Research, 1380, 255-263.
Kaiser, K. (2011). Telehealth: Families Finding Ways to Connect in Rural Colorado. Exceptional Parent, 41(4), 18-19. ISSN-0046-9157
Reaven, J., Blakeley-Smith, A., Nichols, S., Dasari, M., Flanigan, E., Hepburn, S. (2009). Cognitive-Behavioral Group Treatment for Anxiety Symptoms in Children With High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Pilot Study. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 24(1), 27-37.
Reaven, J. (2009). Children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders and co-occurring anxiety symptoms: Implications for assessment and treatment. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 14, 192-199.
Reaven, J. & Hepburn, S. (2006). The parent’s role in the treatment of anxiety symptoms in children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. Mental Health Aspects of Developmental Disabilities, 9, 3, 1-8.
Reaven, J. & Hepburn, S. (2003). Cognitive-behavioral treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder in a child with Asperger’s syndrome: a case report. Autism, 7(2), 145-164.