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Exploring anxiety in young people with autism spectrum disorder

Nearly half of autistic children are anxious due to sensory experiences, phobias and unpredictability, as well as exposure to change and novel situations, researchers say
Picture shows a young male who is autistic. Research shows nearly half of autistic children have anxieties specifically associated with autism and commonly related to sensory experiences.

Nearly half of autistic children are anxious due to sensory experiences, phobias and unpredictability, as well as exposure to change and novel situations, researchers say

Symptoms of anxiety are more common among autistic people and a recent study explored issues relating to its manifestation in autistic children and young people.

Contemporary understandings suggest autistic people may experience a similar range of anxiety disorders to the general population, as well as a range of further anxieties, worries and fears associated with the core features of autistic spectrum conditions.

The paper’s authors examined data from 12 earlier studies across three countries, which included caregiver-reported

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