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 researched, 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 can be effective 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 12 years of funded research, including several clinical trials(see publications)
- engages children with memorable, age-appropriate strategies for managing 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., Moody, E., Klinger, L., Keefer, A., Duncan, A., O’Kelley, S., Meyer, A., Hepburn, S., & Blakeley-Smith, A. (In press). Training Clinicians to Deliver Group CBT to Manage Anxiety in Youth with ASD: Results of a Multi-Site TriaJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
Walsh, C., Moody, E., Blakeley-Smith, A., Duncan, A., Hepburn, S., Keefer, A., Klinger, L., Meyer, A., O’Kelley, S., & Reaven, J. (In press). The relationship between treatment acceptability and youth outcome in group CBT for youth with ASD and anxiety. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy. doi.org/10.1007/s10879-018-9380-4
Conner, C., DeVries, L., & Reaven, J. (in press). Cognitive Behavioral Approaches for Treating Adolescents with ASD. In Gelbar, N. (Ed.). Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Oxford University Press.
Drmic, I., Aljuined, M., & Reaven, J. (2017). Feasibility, acceptability and preliminary treatment outcomes in a school-based CBT intervention program for adolescents with ASD and anxiety in Singapore. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. DOI 10.1007/s10803-016-3007-y
Reaven, J., & Willar, K. (2017). 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: London.
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., 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:10.1155/2012/42390
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.