Coping for Kids: Developing a Middle School Emotional Regulation Program
As middle schoolers, especially those with ASD, struggle to find their social identities, they often experience difficulties managing their emotions and making good decisions. Individuals between the ages of 13-18 have higher rates of anxiety than any other age group, and the rates of depression and suicide for teens with autism are 28 times higher than that of the general population. Participants will learn how to develop an emotion regulation program for grades six through eight. Training topics include: self-awareness, challenging your thoughts and words, internet safety, peer pressure and bullying, and healthy copying strategies to manage depression or anxiety.
Participants will be able to:
1. Gain an understanding of the “emotional regulation” challenges associated with autism
2. Understand the relationship between the characteristics of autism, emotional regulation challenges, and mental health concerns for middle school students with autism and their peers.
3. Identify common stressors for the middle school population.