How to deal Anxiety in autistic children and how to recognize it.

Anxiety is considered a major characteristic of autism. A high percentage of young people, especially children, have developed high nervousness levels and have developed at least one disorder associated with it.
Therefore, it is important to recognize and get treatment because it greatly affects the course of the disorder.
Due to the symptomatology of overlapping and varying presentation of symptoms, it is very difficult to identify nervousness.

Nervousness may manifest itself in different features at different times in the process of autism, which makes it have different environmental demands.

Here are some of the tips that can help you recognize anxiety in autistic children:

  • Specific Phobia
Specific phobia, such as intense fear of some of the things that pose little harm or danger, maybe one way to recognize anxiety. It may arise early due to much responsiveness to sensory stimulation, such as an environment with a lot of noise. This specific phobia may sometimes involve high stimuli that are unusual such as alarms at school. The nervousness may also impose fears on things such as insects and darkness.

  • Social Anxiety
Social communication problem may affect the development of social anxiety more so if the patient is aware of his/ her incompetence socially. It is also a fear of being negatively evaluated in a social situation. This may make the child avoid social situations, which leads to the parent's limitation to practice social skills.

  • Separation Anxiety
Separation anxiety may develop when the patient has to move away from attachment, such as when the parent is leaving the family for somewhere else.

Here are some of the things that can trigger anxiety in autistic children:

  • Social situations
These are challenging for autistic children and can easily cause anxiety or even in anticipation of the upcoming event.
  • Sensory Issues
These can be triggered anytime, anywhere and can overpower a person’s ability to control himself or herself.

Relaxation and calming strategies
Another way you can use to help your child deal with anxiety is by helping him/her to learn how to calm down every moment he /she feels anxious.
Some of these strategies include:
  • Recognize what triggers anxiety

Recognizing what triggers anxiety can be very helpful to identify how to hep. You can help your child to cope with this anxiety and overcome his/her fright. 

  • Visual Transitions

Many Autistic Kids can't deal with a transition between activities, they can get confused and scared. With visual schedules you can help them picture the scenario and prepare them to the transition their about to overcome. 

  • Safe Spaces

Providing your kid a safe space and letting her/him know where this space is can be very helpful. It is important to remember this safe space can't be used as a regular solution to anxiety. 

  • Relaxation techniques

Teaching your kid some relaxation techniques can be very helpful and satisfying to your kid. Meditation can be a secure technique to use with your kid.

Nervousness can have various effects on your child. Therefore, you should ensure that you help them practice these tips when they are calm.

1 comment

  • It would be helpful to have some information on anxiety in Adults on the spectrum.

    Cheryl Chenoweth

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