Practice Guidance

Anxiety and distressed behaviour in autistic children and young people

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Anxiety is often the root of what is sometimes perceived as “challenging behaviour” in autistic children but this term should be avoided as the behaviour is a communication of distress. This guide helps professionals, parents and carers understand why autistic children and young people can experience extreme anxiety and distress and offers practical ways to reduce this, and hence support their behaviour

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