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Reducing anxiety in autistic people: interview with Sharon Jeffreys and Dr Melanie Bruce

Dr Melanie Bruce is a clinical psychologist working in a specialist community team in Norfolk, and Sharon Jeffreys is a learning disability and mental health nurse. Melanie and Sharon worked together in Norfolk to provide an integrated service for autistic people with mental health difficulties. In this interview they discuss how the bucket model can reduce anxiety in autistic people.

Melanie and Sharon kindly agreed to be interviewed for Network Autism when they attended the NAS Professional conference in March this year. We asked them a series of questions, you can view the full interview or clips of the individual questions below.

Full interview

Individual question clips

1.Can you tell us how you first became interested in autism?

2. Can you tell us more about your current work?

3. You are speaking about the bucket model at this year’s Professional Conference, can you tell us more about this?

4. How is this model particularly adapted or useful for autistic people?

5. What improvements in anxiety have you seen with the bucket method?

6. What advice would you have for mental health professionals working with autistic people?

7. Your talk today was billed as “autism-friendly”. Can you briefly outline what particular steps you took to make it so?

Authors: Dr Melanie Bruce, Sharon Jeffreys

Date added: 14 June 2016