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The Understanding and Expression of Emotions

  • The emotional maturity of children with an ASC is usually at least three years behind that of their peers.
  • There can be a limited vocabulary to describe emotions and a lack of subtlety and variety in emotional expression.
  • There is an association between ASCs and the development of an additional or secondary mood disorder, including depression, anxiety disorder, and problems with anger management and the communication of love and affection.
  • The emotion management for children and adults with an ASC  can be conceptualized as a problem with ‘energy management’, namely, an excessive amount of emotional energy and difficulty controlling and releasing the energy constructively.


Information courtesy of Professor Tony Attwood.