Common Myths and Misconceptions
The following are common myths that you may have come across. Unfortunately, there is a lot of false information associated with the disorder. Whenever you are doing research on ASD, please use reputable and scientifically-proven sources.
Myth #2: People with Autism don’t want friends
Myth #3: Autism is caused by bad parenting
Decades ago, a myth suggesting that autism was caused by a lack of maternal warmth and connection began to surface. We now understand that this is definitely not the case.
Families of individuals with autism need support and encouragement, and should never be blamed or feel guilt over their child’s diagnosis.
Myth #4: Autism can be cured
There is no known “cure” for autism, as the causes are still being investigated. However, this does not mean that nothing can be done to help those with ASD. The symptoms of autism can be diminished over time with proper therapies and treatments. However, those with autism will always most likely see the world a little bit differently than those without the diagnosis.
Myth #6: Everybody with autism is the same
This could not be further from the truth. Children with autism all have different needs, abilities, and personalities. This is why it is so important for educators to not stereotype or make assumptions about a person with autism. No two people with autism are alike, and ASD impacts each person in a unique way. Treat every child, autistic or not, as a clean slate to develop relationships with.