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Clinical Care

The Minding Anxiety Project — MAP. In collaboration with RIT's Counseling Center under the direction of Assistant to VP for Student Affairs John Weas and Director of Clinical Services Mark Miles, Ph.D., this first-of-its-kind pilot quality improvement project aims to help matriculated students with Autism Spectrum Disorders self-regulate the anxiety responses that limit their ability to engage socially, use services and move into the workplace.

A combination of group educational experiences and individual training sessions will be used to teach these students about skills in psychophysiological self-regulation and then to develop those skills in their own individual way. Over the course of the project we will monitor both the students' abilities to self-regulate as well as their self-concept, self-report of anxiety and their social engagement. State of the art biofeedback systems including the EmWave Desktop, Nexus/Biotrace System will be used as well as individualized training self-hypnosis.

The project will initially run for three quarters: Spring and Fall 2011 and Winter 2011-12. We expect to grow the project into a program to include more students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and students who wish to learn about self-regulation for anxiety and to optimize performance.

We expect the dissemination of data generated from this pilot program to cultivate the development of other projects at institutions of higher education and school systems around the country.

The MAP is funded in part by generous grants from the Golisano Foundation and the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism.

For more information contact Laurence Sugarman and stay tuned to this webpage.

Future Clinical Care Projects

We are looking forward to a number of Clinical Care initiatives in the Rochester Community and beyond including collaboration with: