It’s often said that fear is the number one emotion for autistic kids, because the world around them is a confusing, unpredictable and threatening place to be. But that’s only half the reason why they experience fear so often - it’s not just that they feel more threatened, but that their reactions to those threats are very often misunderstood.
Autistic kids don’t always experience fear in a way that most people expect or understand. This can result in three very common situations in which their fear is overlooked:
It’s not recognized
It’s not expected
It’s not acknowledged
The result of all this confusion is that these kids tend to miss out on receiving protection and comfort when they need it most. Misunderstanding their fear means that they have to experience so much more of it, which is not only detrimental to long term health but also to the trust they feel in the people who take care of them.
Let’s take a look at these situations in more in detail.
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