‘Recent clinical research suggests that anxiety is treatable in children with ASD…’
Some strategies from Judy Reaven, Ph.D. & Jessica Stern, B.A:
Children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are at an increased risk for developing anxiety symptoms. Anxiety comes in many forms, from an acute fear of spiders to persistent worries about making mistakes. When these fears start to interfere with children’s everyday lives, they can have negative effects on school performance, peer relationships and family life.
Recent clinical research suggests that anxiety is treatable in children with ASD, and that the cognitive and behavioral strategies used with typically developing children can be modified for children with autism—with encouraging results. This article provides a set of basic tools to help children with ASD face their fears at home, at school and in their communities…