• Cork Autism Conference

Know how to understand and avoid anxiety in autistic individuals


Many autistic individuals can experience anxiety and communication challenges. This can affect a person psychologically and physically. Constant anxiety can be extremely distressing for an autistic person. It can lead to meltdowns, self-harm and depression. Some of these triggers can be:

  • Demands and requests of them

  • Arousing triggers such as direct eye contact, touch and spectators of an incident

  • Non-verbal behaviours such as aggressive postures and stances

  • When routines suddenly change and time is unstructured

  • Disempowering and unsupportive beliefs around challenging behaviours

  • Communication difficulties from not being understood

To reduce the cause of this stress and anxiety it's essential we identify what is causing the autistic person’s anxiety and then to take steps to reduce it. That's why we need to learn practical strategies and resources to reduce anxiety and overcome communication challenges with individuals on the autism spectrum. Author, Mother, Speaker, Ambassador and Autism Trainer, Yvonne Newbold MBE will share practical approaches and actionable insights you can use to best support an autistic person with her presentation:


Overcoming The Challenges Of Anxiety and Communication

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