Special Education M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Larson, Susan

Second Reader

Michael Mignard


This literature review unravels comorbidities that accompany Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), specifically the various types of anxiety observed in children and adolescents at school, in their home lives, and in the community. This review explores what is known about anxiety in individuals with ASD; considers the presentation and impact of anxiety in various environments; and discusses practices, strategies, and tools that will allow educators and parents to identify and provide strategies to reduce anxiety for individuals with ASD. Anxiety and ASD characteristics are similar making differentiation challenging. As a result, anxiety disorders in individuals with ASD are often underdiagnosed. This review reveals differentiating factors and similarities between anxiety and ASD.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis