Anxiety may heighten social communication challenges in autism

Anxiety exacerbates social communication problems in children with autism — and not the other way around, a new study suggests. The results indicate that treating anxiety early on may ease communication problems later in life.

Anxiety is common among people with autism. The new study negates the popular notion that the social problems of autism worsen anxiety.

“It was exciting for me to not find what I was expecting,” says lead investigator Kirstin Greaves-Lord, head of the Autism Research Collaboration at Erasmus MC-Sophia Children’s Hospital and Yulius Mental Health in the Netherlands.

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6th December 2017