Are Children with Autism more susceptible to Anxiety, Stress and Anger?
Anxiety symptoms and disorders are the number one health problem in America. One percent of the population of children in the United States ages 3-17 have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. These two facts affect the lives of thousands of families across the country. Children diagnosed with Autism are usually more susceptible to Anxiety Disorders, Stress and feelings of Anger. Autism and anxiety go hand-in-hand as does stress and anxiety. It’s challenging enough for any parent to deal with a child who is experiencing anxiety or anger but parents of an Autistic child face even greater challenges. Below are a few triggering points that cause heightened anxiety in children with Autism followed by ideas from parents on how to minimize the effects? Change in the autistic child’s routine. Idea: Parents should anticipate upcoming changes and help their child prepare for them by using stories and pictures when possible. If an established routine needs to be changed or altered it’s a good idea for pa