Amy Phipps Amy Phipps

Amy Phipps is a social worker and mother of two young children, one of whom is autistic. She is a freelance trainer, delivering the National Autistic Society's training to social workers. Amy holds a Masters in Social Work and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Autism. She has worked in the autism field for over 20 years and in 2018, discovered that her son is autistic: "At that point I became not just a social care professional, but a parent trying to navigate my way through the education and social care system".

As well as training professionals, she writes a blog - Autism Families - about her experience of being a parent and has run courses and provided support for parents.

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Anxiety and distressed behaviour in autistic children and young people

Anxiety is often the root of what is sometimes perceived as "challenging behaviour" in autistic children but this term should be avoided as the behaviour is a communication of distress. This guide helps professionals, parents and carers understand why autistic children and young people can experience extreme anxiety and distress and offers practical ways to reduce this, and hence support their behaviour