By Christopher Lynch, PhD
This books serves as a clear and comprehensive anxiety management guide
for those who live with and support children on the autism spectrum. Its
central purpose is to highlight the reasons why children on the
spectrum have so much anxiety and to directly tie this knowledge to
practical and actionable recommendations. Those who live or work with
kids on the spectrum are acutely aware of how prevalent anxiety is for
those with autism and they can see first-hand how it causes distress and
impedes progress. However, those who support kids with autism are
rarely provided with clear guidance on how to manage this anxiety. This
book changes that.
Through his 20 plus years as a clinical
psychologist, Dr. Lynch has devoted his career to relieving distress in
kids with autism and related concerns. His award winning stress and
anxiety management guide (Totally Chill: My Complete Guide to Staying
Cool) provided children with effective and unique tools for coping and
thriving. This book extends those tools to parents, teachers, and
The book provides clear guidance on how to identify
anxiety in children with autism and, most importantly, how to link this
anxiety to specific factors. The book identifies 5 factors that are
commonly known to elicit anxiety in children with autism. These are
labeled as: Rigidity, Sensory Sensitivities, Social Challenges,
Communication Barriers, and Task Frustration. These factors are covered
extensively and specific suggestions are provided for addressing each of
In addition to addressing the 5 factors, the book
provides chapters in other important areas pertaining to anxiety and
A chapter on how to teach stress and anxiety management strategies to children on the spectrum.
A chapter devoted to applying strategies in the school environment.
A chapter devoted to understanding and nurturing a child's strengths to build resilience.
Anxiety can be overwhelming for children with
autism. However, it doesn't need to be. With this clear and
comprehensive guide, parents, teachers, and therapists can take a
crucial step towards managing anxiety thereby relieving distress and