Treatment Considerations for Anxiety in ASD with Dr. Tracey Ward

Dr. Tracey Ward

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention welcomes Dr. Tracey Ward for a live webinar to discuss Anxiety and its relationship to Autism Spectrum Disorders.

About the Presenter

Dr. Tracey Ward is a licensed psychologist in Seattle, WA, and a provider at The Seattle Clinic. She is also the clinical director of Brave Seattle, which focuses on providing intensive treatment camps for children with selective mutism and other anxiety disorders. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Seattle Pacific University and completed her pre-doctoral internship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Seattle Children’s Hospital within the University of Washington, School of Medicine. Dr. Ward’s clinical practice spans both assessment and therapy for children and teens in the areas of obsessive-compulsive disorder, challenging behaviors in young children, autism spectrum disorders, and anxiety disorders – with a particular expertise in selective mutism. Dr. Ward specializes in evidence-based treatments that include cognitive behavioral therapy, PCIT-SM, exposure-based therapy, behavioral parent training, and school and community-based interventions and training.  Dr. Ward has a long history of working with neurodiverse children and teens from being ABA behavioral tech in college to diagnosing and treating individuals with ASD, ADHD, learning and cognitive disorders in her private practice. To learn more are Dr. Ward, click here.


Children with ASD often do not display age and neurotypical symptoms of anxiety. Rates of anxiety disorders for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) vary between 11% to 84%, making this a common comorbid problem for youth with ASD (White et al., 2009). Further, there are often overlapping characteristics of ASD and anxiety, such has rigidity, emotion dysregulation, or social difficulties that create difficultly around identifying intervention targets specific to anxiety. It is important to distinguish between what is “clinically significant impairments” vs. neurodiversity to provide appropriate and ethical intervention. This talk will highlight common anxiety disorders, how anxiety presents in ASD, and risk factors for developing anxiety in the neurodiverse population. The audience will understand evidence-based interventions for anxiety disorders (e.g., Craske, 2014) and how to implement evidence-based treatment of anxiety within intervention plans.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe how anxiety presents in a neurodiversity population
  2. Describe appropriate evidence-based treatment approaches for anxiety
  3. Discuss integrating evidence-based anxiety treatment into inventions plans

Number of CEU’s available: 2.0 BACB Learning CEU’s

Cost to Attend: $39.99 (includes registration and CEU’s)

Refund Policy: We will provide a full refund to anyone who requests it up to one day before the event. No refunds will be provided for cancellations later than 1 day before the event.

For questions, challenges with registration, or any other needed information, please contact Dusty, Director of Continuing Education and ACE Coordinator for CBPI, LLC, at continuingeducation@connections-behavior.com.

Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention, LLC, is a BACB-Approved ACE Provider (Provider # OP-17-2781). The BACB does not directly sponsor or endorse this event, its speakers, or its content.

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