It is normal for children and young people to experience some anxious feelings as they grow up. Children and young people with autism, also known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), may experience this more intensely.
As a parent or carer, it is helpful to know the signs of anxiety and some strategies to support your child.
Anxiety or anxious feelings is the feeling of fear or worry. This feeling can be mild at times, and severe at others. It can become intense and hard to control.
Most of us will have anxious feelings at some point in our lives. Exams or job interviews can make us feel anxious. But some people find it hard to control these feelings. The anxiety is more constant and can affect their daily life. There are some differences between everyday anxious feelings and an anxiety problem or disorder.
Autistic people are more susceptible to certain mental health difficulties, including anxiety.
Anxiety can come from:
Anxiety can show up in a number of physical cues. Remmeber that every child is different and will cope with their feelings in different ways. It’s always a good idea to seek a professional opinion if you’re worried.
Signs that your child might have anxiety include:
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