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Attacking Anxiety

Karen Levine, PhD |  Naomi Chedd
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Sep 01, 2015
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Drawing on the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), this book sets out a clear, enjoyable, step-by-step approach for addressing the sorts of anxieties, fears and phobias that are so common in children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related challenges.

Using this easy-to-follow model, parents and professionals will have the tools they need to help children and teens cope with and sometimes overcome anxieties caused by everyday occurrences. The book covers seven common scenarios, from fears of environmental sounds and visiting the doctor or dentist, to anxieties around transitions, changes to schedules and an intolerance for making mistakes. The model can be adapted to suit almost any anxiety or phobia and is ideal for use at home, at school and in clinical settings where it can be integrated into a variety of treatment approaches and styles.

Designed to help parents of children with autism spectrum disorders and the teachers and therapists who work with them, this book is an excellent resource for successfully alleviating many of the anxieties and phobias that interfere with life enjoyment, not only for the child but for the entire family.



Karen Levine, PhD's Profile

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Karen Levine, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice in Maine and Massachusetts, and a part-time lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She was the co-founder and co-director of the Autism program at Boston Children’s Hospital in the late 1990s, and later of the Autism Center at Cambridge Health Alliance.

Dr. Levine works primarily with young children and their parents, including neurotypical and neurodivergent children, with a special focus on treating anxiety. She developed a treatment model integrating gradual exposure (a key part of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and playful attuned interactive humor, to treat fears and phobias in young children. This approach is currently being studied and manualized by Bonnie Klein-Tasman, PhD and her research team at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with promising initial published findings.

With Naomi Chedd, LMHC, Dr. Levine has co-authored three books including Attacking Anxiety: A Step-by-Step Guide to an Engaging Approach to treating Anxiety and Phobias in Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities (JKP, 2015) and many articles. She received the 2012 Lesley University Autism Heroes Award, the 2010 Federation for Children with Special Needs Founders Award, and the 2000 BIDIP (Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents) Award for Excellence.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Karen Levine maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Harvard Medical School. She receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Levine receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr, Karen Levine has no relevant non-financial relationships.

Naomi Chedd Related seminars and products

Naomi Chedd is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Educational Consultant in private practice. Naomi and Karen Levine have worked collaboratively with children with autism and developmental disabilities for more than ten years. They have written many articles for families, therapists and educators and frequently present at conferences.


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