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Facing your Fears Group (children ages 8-14 years)

The Chapel Hill Center offers a 15-week evidence-based group intervention for verbally fluent autistic children and adolescents ages 8-14 in regular education settings. The intervention is appropriate for youth who need assistance managing anxiety that interferes with their daily lives.

This group focuses on helping youth identify anxiety, worry, or fear and develop coping strategies to manage these symptoms and face fears. The group gives youth an opportunity to practice these new strategies with the guidance and support of group facilitators.  Children must be able to learn in a group context and have reading comprehension skills at least at the third-grade level.  

Parents are an integral part of the FYF groups and are asked to attend all of the sessions. A well-developed parent curriculum allows for the generalization of concepts and strategies learned in groups to be implemented at home.

Our clinical services are provided as part of the UNC Health Care system’s UNC Faculty Physicians group. We currently accept the same insurance providers as UNC Health Care. For a complete list click here.

Families who are interested in participating in this group, contact the Chapel Hill TEACCH Center at or call 919-966-5156