Busting 5 of the Most Common Myths about Autism

Busting common myths about Autism.
Written by Shreya Sharma

What is Autism?

It is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterized by challenges with the following:-

  • Social communication
  • Repetitive behavior
  • Speech
  • Non-verbal communication.

Myths about Autism

People often have a lot of misunderstandings and judgments against Autism. The prevalence rate s well as numbers of diagnosis is increasing and people are gaining awareness about what exactly this disorder is. However, there are still a lot of misconceptions about the same.

It is very important to clarify the misconceptions that people have about this condition and help them understand the disorder without any bias.

Busting a few common myths

Here are some of the common myths we hear about Autism and the truth behind them:-

  1. Children with Autism cannot display affection- An unfortunate myth about Autism is that children with Autism cannot display affection. This isn’t true as such children can and do show affection! However, due to differences in sensory processing and social understanding, the display of affection may be different from typical people. It is important to understand and accept this difference.
  2. Such children don’t want friends- Children living with this disorder do wish to have friends. But they often face difficulty in making and keeping friends. They might seem shy or unfriendly due to their lack of social skills. Nevertheless, they can learn the social rules that will help them interact and form friendships.
  3. Autistic children don’t make eye contact- Such children make eye contact when they feel comfortable with their communicating partner. They may even look at them and smile if they confide in the person.
  4. Children suffering from this disorder don’t communicate- Communication is more than just talking. In certain cases,  Autistic children do develop speech. However, they require help while communicating. One can provide them with such help by using picture-exchange communication, gestures and electronic devices.
  5. Children can outgrow Autism- This disorder is a lifelong condition. However, with a well-designed intervention program, educational and vocational training one can focus on the unique learning style of these children. This would help them attain a certain level of independence and also boost their self-confidence.

Children with Autism playing together.

How would this help?

When a child is diagnosed with the aforementioned disorder, the whole family is undoubtedly affected. But it is also important to sensitize the community about this disorder. In this way, they can learn about Autism and its ACTUAL effects. This, in turn, would motivate them to support such families through the difficult journey of diagnosis, intervention, and management of the disorder their children suffer from.

Conclusion

The myths about Autism effect how people treat the children suffering from the disorder. Busting the same myths shall alter how the world perceives as well as treats such children as well as their families. If you know someone who has been suffering due to Autism, help them by connecting them to a mental health professional from Mind Solace.

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