Thursday, February 21, 2013

Understanding the Fears of Children with Autism

Understanding the Fears of Children with Autism
For many people with autism, both young and old, anxiety is a constant presence that often impedes social functioning. This anxiety manifests itself in the form of specific phobias, particularly in children. Research suggests that children with autism experience these “odd and intense” fears anywhere between three and twelve times more than their typically developing peers. And while popular culture defines a relatively standard set of childhood phobias (e.g. darkness, monsters, being punished, large animals), young people on the spectrum often express deep fears of objects and phenomena that most would either find pleasurable or react to nonchalantly.

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