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Supporting Autistic Students in the Classroom with Anxiety: Your Questions Answered Part I
January 31, 2024

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1 in 44 school-age children have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Autistic students are much more likely than non-autistic students to experience mental health challenges, including difficulty with emotion regulation, anxiety, and depression that may be exacerbated by experiences of bullying, victimization, and segregation within schools. There is an urgent need to support the mental and behavioral health of autistic students. In the past year, the SEMHTTC team has disseminated resources related to identifying and supporting mental health challenges in this population, with a specific emphasis on anxiety here. The purpose of this two-part series is to build on the didactic content covered in our earlier learning sessions (learning session 1learning session 2) and provide more opportunity to cover a case example, engage in discussion, and have ample time for Q&A. In each sessions, we will provide a very brief overview of the prior content we covered (15 minutes), have an in-depth discussion of one case example (15 minutes), and ample time for questions and open conversation related to the mental health of autistic students (25 minutes). 

The first learning session is devoted to identifying anxiety and other mental health challenges in autistic students. By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify anxiety and signs of other mental health challenges in autistic students.
  2. Describe risk factors for autistic students to develop anxiety and other mental health challenges.
  3. Identify anxiety signs within one case example of an autistic student.