Strategies for Addressing Anxiety Related to COVID-19

Strategies for Addressing Anxiety Related to COVID-19


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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Webinar Description:

Anxiety is a common co-occurring concern for many people with IDD (including ASD). In this time of COVID, everyone is experiencing heightened anxiety. For this population in particular we need to be aware of this underlying anxiety and provide strategies to help people manage their symptoms.

This panel presentation will describe how anxiety may present in people with IDD and demonstrate effective strategies to address these anxieties.

Presented by Karen Weigle, PhD, Associate Director at Center for START Services & Jill Hinton, PhD, Clinical Director at Center for START Services joined by START program Clinical Directors and persons with lived experiences.

A Webinar from AUCD's Mental Health Aspects of IDD Special Interest Group.


Image of a woman with bobbed hair wearing a white blouse. Dr. Karen Weigle is a clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience working with people with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities and their families. She is the Associate Director of the Center for START Services at UNH’s Institute on Disability where she facilitates program implementation, trains, and does research. Dr. Weigle is also a founder of and clinician at the Chattanooga Autism Center. She has extensive experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team and in several medical specialty clinics and wards, and has provided assessment and intervention services in a variety of contexts including in-home, school-based, clinic-based, agency-based, hospital-based, and community crisis response. She has previously directed or co-directed programs that provide services spanning East Tennessee and oversight of a large number of service providers. Dr. Weigle has experience in training family practice and medical specialty residents, special educators, community-based services providers, families, Early Intervention Specialists, and laypersons. Her teaching experience varies from undergraduate psychology courses to special education graduate-level seminars.

Image of woman with shoulder length hair wearing a colorful scarf and white blouse.

Jill Hinton, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years of experience working with people with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and mental illness. As the Clinical Director of The Center for START Services, Dr. Hinton provides consultation and training to START teams across the country and facilitates a monthly practice group for START program clinical directors. She currently serves as Project Manager for New York and Maryland. During her career, she has worked with both the Autism Society of NC and The Arc of NC in provision of supports to individuals and families across the state. More recently, she was the VP of Clinical Services for Easter Seals UCP NC & VA. In collaboration with the Medical Director, she oversaw the provision of services and supports to individuals with intellectual/developmental disability, autism spectrum disorder, and mental illness. She continues to provide clinical consultation to NC START and VA START which provide crisis intervention and prevention supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and co-occurring behavioral health issues. Dr. Hinton provides consultation to the NC Practice Improvement Collaborative and serves as chair of the DD Subcommittee for the NC-PIC which researches and reviews emerging best practices in the field of IDD. She obtained her B.S. in psychology from North Carolina State University and her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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