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A mobile app for people with autism and anxiety

Further development of an app to help autistic people manage anxiety

A clinical team led by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, working with the research charity  Autistica, will enable further development of a mobile app to support autistic people manage anxiety. This is the most common treatable  mental health condition in autism, experienced by 40% of the 700,000 autistic  people in the UK. (source: NAS) 

Find out more about the app on the Autistica website

“We are delighted to receive this funding from the Maudsley Charity.  Autistic people rate better management of their mental health as a top priority, but there are insufficient clinical services to meet their needs.  In response to this, the initial version of the app, launched in the summer of 2018, was very positively received by autistic people and their families and caregivers. 

The new work funded by the Maudsley Charity will allow us to significantly enhance the capabilities of the app to extend and personalise the range of management strategies available.  We believe this will play an important part in providing universal access to evidence-based interventions for autistic people.”

Professor Emily Siminoff, Professor of Child Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London