Autism & Anxiety Webinar – June 24th, 7pm


Availability: 17 Places remaining



About the  Anxiety & Autism Webinar:

This webinar will examine anxiety and autism and also explores strategies and tactics that may be helpful in better managing anxiety.

This presentation will cover how  anxiety manifests in ASD, the individual nature of anxiety presentation and will examine why people with a diagnosis of autism can be more prone to experiencing anxiety. Tactics and strategies which may assist your child in combating their anxiety will also be explored. Please be advised, the information provided in this presentation is aimed at understanding anxiety and it’s presentation. The tactics and strategies may be helpful to all experiencing anxiety but will be more generally aimed at those experiencing non clinical/mild levels of anxiety.

This webinar will be presented by Laura Crowley BA ECS(hons) MA Ed)Open) PG Cert TLHE, Director of Educational Support Services at the Shine Centre.

About Laura Crowley:

Laura Crowley, BA ECS (hons) MA Ed (open) PG Cert TLHE, has over 21 years experience in working hands on with children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum. She is a mother, lecturer, consultant and also diagnosed as autistic herself. Laura joined Shine in 2004 and established the Educational Support Service. This service has been running for 16 years and  provides individualised assistance to children with a diagnosis of Autism in mainstream school settings. In that time Laura has worked with multiple students in over fifty schools in the Munster area.

In 2009, Laura developed and co-ordinated the PALS (personal and life skills) Programme for the Shine Centre, the first of its kind in this country. The programme has achieved huge success, and has been in operation for 12 years. The Programme specialises in teaching social skills from a ground-up approach, mindful of barriers which may impede advancement. This has more recently been developed into an app format. The app “Mission Rescue Kloog: Social Skills For Autism” is now available on the App Store and Google Play. The app provides parents, carers, teachers and SNA’s with the opportunity to provide elements of the PALS programme in the home/school classroom. The app stresses context sensitivity and social consequences and is suitable for children from approximately 7 years old (dependant on comprehension levels). The second instalment of this series is also available, Mission Rescue Kloog 2: Return to Zugopolis. This app concentrates on the concept of friendship, relationships and safety. The third instalment was released in 2018 and concentrates on the school environment. The series has now been downloaded over 200,000 times globally and has also been the recipient of two awards to date.

Laura has also been lecturing on the Diploma in Autism Studies in University College Cork since its inception eight years ago and was heavily involved in formulating and devising content for the course. Laura has suffered with both generalised and social anxiety her entire life, and has spent the last 12 years researching to gain understanding of her own needs and presentation. In this webinar she will explain the relevance of anxiety in the lives of those on the spectrum and offer strategies and techniques for the relief of anxiety in everyday life.

Additional Info

Topics explored include:

  • What is anxiety?
  • The psychosematic effect
  • When does anxiety become a problem?
  • Anxiety and ASD, the facts
  • The 4 F’s of Anxiety
  • Where do I begin to teach self management?
  • Strategies for the moment