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Where to from here for ASD and Anxiety? Lessons Learned from Child anxiety and the Issue of DSM-5


Address correspondence to Thompson E. Davis, Department of Psychology, Louisiana State University, 236 Audubon Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. E-mail:


In this commentary, I provide additional areas of focus in moving forward with understanding and helping those with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and anxiety. Many of these issues have been experienced by those in the child anxiety realm as well, and so insights and findings from that field seem pertinent. Although there are many topics relevant to the study of anxiety in those with ASD, I briefly highlight several that are particularly pressing, including the downward and lateral extensions of anxiety findings from the typically developing literature, the use of multiple informants in assessment, the consideration of age and intellectual functioning in development and diagnosis, and the potential impact from the proposed revisions in DSM-5.