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For people with Down syndrome, family members, caregivers and professionals.

Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs)

March 2023 | Abby Rowley, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Adult Down Syndrome Center

The handouts linked below were developed to teach individuals with Down syndrome how to think more positively. If an individual has an automatic negative thought (or ANT), they can squish it or brush it away (like we might do to the insect). After the negative thought is brushed away, a positive thought can take its place. 

The first set of handouts provide an overview of automatic negative thoughts. The second set is similar to the first but it also has blank templates for individuals to use to practice changing negative thoughts to positive thoughts. 

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