Top 7 Autism Myths and Facts
by Pathlie Lee Business consultant
If your child or a loved one has been diagnosed with autism, it can be difficult to know what to expect. Unfortunately, TV in movies, as well as several other media, perpetuate false myths about autism. This certainly includes identifying signs and symptoms. But it’s important to be able to identify myths from facts. Everyone with autism can be very different, and most are not severely disabled or savants like you might have seen in media. These seven myths and facts might help you when seeking autism treatment for your loved one.
MYTH: Those who are autistic are all the same.
If you know someone or even several people who are autistic, you might think artistic people are all alike. That’s certainly not the case, and they can be as different from one another as any other people are. The one common trait most autistic people seem to share is a struggle or discomfort with social communication.
MYTH: They don’t seem to have feelings.
Perhaps because many autistic people deal with social issues, it can be misconstrued that they do not express normal feelings or love. When seeking artistic treatment, you may find that the exact opposite is true. Many autistic people can be much more sympathetic than regular people, even though they may not express it in a way that’s considered normal. Where are many autistic people struggle is being able to understand people’s feelings by judging their body language. They just may need more explanation to be able to understand.
MYTH: Artistic kids can’t have regular relationships.
Just because autistic children may not appear as outgoing or outwardly joyful as other kids, that doesn’t mean they can’t build great relationships with others. The key is finding others with shared interests.
MYTH: Autistic people can be dangerous.
When seeking artistic treatment, you may run into this fear. The truth is that many autistic people who might show violent behavior are usually directing this type of behavior to themselves instead of directing it to others. This type of behavior is usually triggered by frustration or acute sensory issues. Not out of anger.
MYTH: Artistic people are geniuses.
Due to mainly movies, it can be misconstrued that artistic people are extremely good at math, music, memory, or completing complex puzzles. Well this can be true with some it represents a small percentage. The vast majority possess average or less than average skill sets.
MYTH: Autistic people lack language skills.
This can be true with a smaller percentage of autistic individuals. The majority, however, can be extremely verbal and also have excellent reading skills. It can depend on the diagnosis when seeking autism treatment.
MYTH: Autistic people won’t have much success in society.
Those with autism can go on to accomplish great things, but will likely need a lot of support and understanding from others. Because they interpret people in the world differently, it can require a lot of understanding and sympathy.
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