UC Davis Health System

10/28/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/28/2019 13:11

'Anxiety and Autism' for the first lecture of 2019-20 Minds Behind the MIND series

The 2019-20 Minds Behind The MIND series begins Wednesday, Nov. 6 with a lecture on 'Anxiety and Autism.' UC Davis MIND Institute psychologists will share strategies that can help reduce anxiety and promote bravery and independence in children and adolescents with autism.

Breanna Winder-Patel, Megan Tudor, Allison Nahmias and Marjorie Solomon

Presented by the UC Davis Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the MIND Institute, this lecture is the first in a series of presentations about neurodevelopmental disabilities open for families, educators, health professionals and community members.

Anxiety impacts many young people with autism, but it often goes unrecognized and untreated. The lecture will explore how to identify anxiety in children with developmental disabilities and how it can be treated. It will also include an introduction to a study under way that aims to determine the best approach to helping children affected by anxiety.

Breanna Winder-Patel, an assistant clinical professor at the Department of Pediatrics, will discuss identification and assessment of anxiety in autism. Allison Nahmias, a post-doctoral scholar at the MIND Institute, will introduce the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety, including exposure and special modifications for youth with autism. Megan Tudor, an assistant clinical professor at the Department of Pediatrics, will share illustrative case examples of assessment and treatment of anxiety in children with autism. Marjorie Solomon, a professor of clinical psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will talk about the STAAR study history and progress, providing insights from a randomized controlled trial of anxiety treatment.

The lecture, from 5:30-7 p.m., will be held in the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.

All presentations in Minds Behind the MIND series are free and open to the public. Registration is required. Register.

Other Minds Behind the MIND lectures include:

GI Treatment Approaches in Autism, Jan. 15, 2020, 5:30-7pm

Learn about gastrointestinal (stomach) symptoms in children with autism spectrum disorder. Developmental behavioral pediatricians will talk about research behind traditional, complementary and alternative treatments commonly used by families of children with autism and discuss ideas for supporting children with these issues. This session is led by Kathleen Angkustsiri and Bibiana Restrepo. To register.

The UC Davis MIND Institute is a collaborative international research center, committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention and care of neurodevelopmental disorders. The Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD) brings added resources to expand the activities and impact of the MIND Institute.