Common Autism Myths

Autism myths will range, but is there any truth behind them? Some myths can be downright unnerving and others are not so. It is important as a parent to be aware of such myths and the truth of the subject matter. Maybe you have heard some of these myths and misconceptions, it is important to understand that there are misconceptions about ASD and with the right knowledge, you as the parent can help your child lead a productive life.

Autism has been linked to structural and functional characteristics of the brain, mean-ing that it is a neuro developmental disorder that appears due to specifics of the nerv-ous system.

It is not caused by problems with attachment or due to parents being “cold”. This was a theory from the 1950’s called “refrigerator mother hypothesis” that suggested that au-tism was caused by mothers who lacked emotional warmth.

ASD covers a very wide array of symptoms, and manifests very differently.
There are no two people who have all the same symptoms.
Another thing to keep in mind is that people with autism may have more difficulties with certain tests or may be assumed to have intellectual disabilities due to problems with language, communication or other aspects of ASD.
Some children with ASD do have intellectual disabilities, but this varies.

This is untrue.
Children and adults with ASD may have deep and strong emotions, as well as feel closely attached to other people.
However, for some of them expressing emotions is more difficult or it is done in a way that is unconventional and often not recognised for what it is.

This seems like a positive idea about children with autism, but it is untrue.
While a lot children with Autism do have special interests and talents, not all of them have a unique ability like presented in “Rain Man”.

ASD are usually first seen before the child turns three and then persist throughout a person’s lifetime, although treatment and support can affect the severity of the symp-toms positively.
It’s not just a phase and can usually be clearly identifiable by its characteristics.

Children with ASD need special attention to their needs, but they can do well studying and interacting with their peers.
Of course, this may sometimes depend on the severity of the symptoms, but in general there is no reason to isolate children with ASD.

This is false.
Autism has been found to have nothing to do with vaccines, but it did have a link to ge-netics and to neurological characteristics of the child.
It was also linked to prenatal development, but at the moment there is no single cause of autism known.

While many children with autism have difficulties with communication and socialising, it doesn’t mean that they don’t want to have friends.
Mostly, they have trouble figuring out how to build and maintain these relationships. People with ASD need meaningful relationships like other people.

At the moment, there are no treatments that can cure ASD.
There are therapies that can help the child develop new skills and improve the areas in which there is an impairment.
A therapy that promises a cure is likely to be non-evidence based.

This is false. With proper support, children with autism are likely to get better and im-prove their skills. Autism does not naturally worsen, but it can become more of an issue if left unsupported or not diagnosed.

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