Anxiety

Anxiety has been found to be a common problem amongst teenagers with autism (White et al., 2012). Supporting your teenager to notice anxious feelings and how to select and use coping strategies can be beneficial for everyone.

Links to research bulletins and Best Practice Resource

Best practice resource

Teenagers with autism may experience anxiety due to:

  • Daily challenges
  • Unexpected changes
  • Social demands – or the fear of not understanding social situations
  • Difficulties with communication
  • Exposure to anxiety provoking situations
  • Not understanding information the same way as others – difficulties with context
  • Building on poorly understood information
  • Not socially motivated e.g. social reinforcement not always effective or even recognised
  • Perceived lack of common sense
  • Naivety in relationships e.g. Bullies are now ‘best friends’
  • Unknown or highly personal issues