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Managing Emotions: Affection and Autism

By Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett Affection in childhood It can be difficult to manage emotions, but we generally think about the management of  emotions such as anger, anxiety,…

What is Compensation in Autism?

By Dr Michelle Garnett and Professor Tony Attwood What is Compensation? Compensation is one of the many coping mechanisms that has been discovered by autistic individuals to try to cope…

Anxiety in Young Autistic Children: Part 2

By Dr Michelle Garnett and Professor Tony Attwood Introduction In our blog last week, we discussed the role of avoidance in increasing and maintaining high levels of anxiety in young…

Anxiety in Young Autistic Children: Part 1

By Dr Michelle Garnett and Professor Tony Attwood Introduction Overwhelming anxiety is a daily occurrence for many autistic people. Why do autistic individuals experience high levels of anxiety, and how…

Understanding Empathy and Autism

By Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett Empathy We know that there are three forms of empathy, cognitive, affective, and behavioural, and that the expression of each is underpinned…

Why seek a Formal Diagnosis of Autism?

By Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett Many autistic women* deliberate about whether or not they should seek a formal diagnosis of autism, weighing up the potential costs and…

Autism, Menstruation and Menopause

By Dr Michelle Garnett and Professor Tony Attwood What do we know about the interplay between hormonal changes and autism for females*? Our current understanding of how hormonal changes impact…