5 Misunderstandings about Autism

Shock, fear, disappointment can be the emotions you experience when an unexpected diagnosis of autism is revealed. But here are some wise words from Harry Potter to reflect upon- “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”

Growth comes when we dispel myths about those who are on the spectrum. Here are 5 that we say NO to

1. Autism is your fault, you caused it

Poor parenting, MMR vaccines or something you did during your pregnancy are NOT causes of autism. In fact, research now suggests there are combinations of complex genetic and environmental factors that result in autism.

2.Those with Autism have the SAME behaviors

Over the past 3 years the ABTi team have worked with over 70 children at various stages of the spectrum. We have witnessed similar behaviors, however they are never the same and each child on the spectrum responds differently to interventions and care.

3. With Autism comes super-human powers

Often referred to as the “Rain Man” phenomenon, there is a misinterpretation that those on the spectrum have one identifiable extraordinary talent such as art or music. There is currently no definitive study to suggest that everyone with autism excels in one specific subject as each individual has varied characteristics.

4. With a diagnosis, comes shame

Autism diagnosis has increased significantly over the past 40 years from 1 in 1,500 to 1 in 68. With increased awareness, comes increased support. Autism is more common than you think and with intensive early interventions significant improvements can be made.

5. Only boys have autism

As of 2015, the adult men to women diagnosis ratio stands at 3:1. However it’s essential to remember that symptoms present differently in women and research continues to develop on how we can identify characteristics women on the spectrum.

Do you have more doubts and queries about autism? Get in touch with our team today at info@abtinstitute.org

 

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