Communicating and expressing emotions can be extremely challenging for children with ASD. This results in the parents often having to discern whether their behavior is actually a symptom of autism or of anxiety. But since those symptoms are sometimes difficult to tell apart, even for the child's parent, clear clinical guidelines may greatly improve the ability to reliably diagnose anxiety issues.
Recent studies and findings have proven that a new method devised by a Drexel University professor, Connor Kerns, PhD, an assistant research professor could help to diagnose children on the spectrum for anxiety symptoms – which tend to be masked by symptoms of autism — was shown to be effective in a recent study.
Find out more about the studies and findings at: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161208125847.htm