Young children with autism have particular difficulty in understanding and controlling their emotions, especially when those emotions are negative.
This practical manual for professionals provides a set of simple strategies to help children with high-functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome who suffer from mood difficulties to decrease negative feelings and increase positive feelings in daily life.
Using a cognitive behavioral therapy approach, the Stress and Anger Management Program (STAMP) is designed specifically for young children in their pre-school and early school years. The book outlines a 9-session group program using methods, games and activities that are developmentally appropriate. Treatment components include affective education, cognitive restructuring, social and group stories, and the emotional toolbox. The group therapy can be tailored for individual therapy when needed. A parental component is also included to support practice at home and promote generalization outside of the classroom or therapy setting.
This is a dynamic and effective resource for professionals working with young children with autism spectrum disorders including teachers, guidance counselors, psychologists, speech therapists, behavioral therapists, occupational therapists, and social workers.
Angela Scarpa, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology at Virginia Tech, a licensed clinical psychologist, and Founder and Co-Director of the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic. Before joining the Virginia Tech faculty, she held faculty positions at Eastern Washington University and the University of Georgia.
Tony Attwood, PhD, is a clinical psychologist from Brisbane, Australia, with over 30 years of experience with individuals with autism spectrum disorders. He is currently adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University in Queensland. He is the best-selling author of The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome, Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, and the Exploring Feelings program manuals.
Anthony Wells, PhD, is an adjunct professor at Virginia Western Community College, and an outpatient clinician based in Roanoke, Virginia. His work focussed on the role of social support in emotion regulation.
"Teaching young children with autism spectrum disorders how to cope with stress and manage anger is a critical ingredient to helping them lead happy and healthy lives. Through research-supported methods, Scarpa, Attwood and Wells have cooked up a simple and effective recipe for doing just that. This user-friendly treatment manual is a must-have for anyone working with young children with autism."--Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, author of Social Skills for Teenagers with Developmental and Autism Spectrum Disorders: The PEERS Treatment Manual
"Exploring Feelings for Young Children with High-Functioning Autism or Asperger's Disorder: The STAMP Treatment Manual offers practical recommendations and creative practices that will certainly help young children with high functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome overcome their struggles with the really tough issues blocking their positive growth and development. Therapists, educators and parents caring for autistic children who endure a heavy load of anger, distrust, difficult interpersonal relationships, poor self-esteem and self-doubt need this excellent book."--Liane Holliday Willey, author of Pretending to be Normal and Safety Skills for Asperger Women
152 pages. 2012