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Facing Your Fears Facilitators 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
For ordering information, please visit Brookes Publishing.
 
​Reaven, J., Blakeley-Smith, A., Nichols, S., & Hepburn, S. (2011). Facing Your Fears: Group Therapy for Managing Anxiety in Children with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders, Paul Brookes Publishing Company, Baltimore.