Anxiety can happen for a range of reasons and individuals on the spectrum may vary in their ability to cope with it. We discussed how children on the spectrum express anxiety through the display of challenging behaviours in our previous article “How are anxieties expressed in autism?”. Following up from that, this article will touch on some practical ways that parents and caregivers can support and help their children manage and reduce their anxiety.
Figure out the trigger
The first step to helping your child manage their anxiety and behaviours is to figure out what is bothering them. Anxiety can cause physical, psychological, emotional and behavioural symptoms. Some examples include fatigue, sweating, avoidance, hypervigilance, or increased repetitive behaviours.