Autism Seminar Series – Distinct Expressions of Anxiety in Autistic Youth (and Why They Matter) – May 1, 04:00 PM

Anxiety manifests uniquely among autistic youth, warranting a nuanced understanding and approach. Characterized by its variability in expression, anxiety in these individuals can significantly impact their daily functioning and quality of life. This distinct expression stems from a combination of neurodiversity and environmental stressors, underscoring the need for tailored support strategies.

In autistic youth, anxiety may not always present through conventional signs. Instead, it might manifest through increased stimming behaviors, changes in routine preferences, or even non-verbal cues, such as heightened sensitivity to sensory inputs. Recognizing these signs is pivotal for parents, educators, and healthcare professionals in providing the right support.

The significance of addressing anxiety in autistic youth cannot be overstated. Beyond immediate distress, unaddressed anxiety can hinder educational achievement, social interactions, and overall well-being. Tailored interventions that account for the unique processing styles of autistic individuals hold the promise of enhancing resilience, promoting self-regulation, and improving life outcomes.

As we advance in our understanding of autism, the imperative to adapt our perspectives and strategies to effectively meet the needs of autistic youth with anxiety emerges clear. Through a collaborative, empathetic, and informed approach, we can create environments that nurture their potential and well-being.

Wed., May 1, 04:00 PM Eastern Time

Via Zoom webinar

Register here: https://autismcenter.duke.edu/events/autism-seminar-series

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