Children with Asperger Syndrome have difficulty engaging in social interactions and understanding emotional experiences. Asperger Syndrome affects about 1 in 250 people in Australia. It is estimated that up to 80% of children with Asperger Syndrome also experience intense anxiety symptoms (with common con-current anxiety disorders such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Generalised Anxiety Disorder seen in this group). Children with both Asperger Syndrome and anxiety can experience significant limitations in their social world and quality of life.
Exploring Feelings is a program that was specifically developed for children with Asperger syndrome aged 10 – 12 years and combines education about anxiety, behavioural strategies, a visual and experiential approach, and includes parent involvement. The child program is run in small groups with two therapists to three children. This is an evidence-based program that has been used successfully with children diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.
Children with Asperger Syndrome and anxiety commonly exhibit the following symptoms:
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