Monday, 3 May 2010

Autism and Aspergers Myths

1. Children with Autism never make eye contact?

2. Inside an Autistic child is a genius?
FALSE Most children with Austim will exhibit significant delays in some areas of mental processing and a percentage exhibit above normal intelligence.

3. Autistic children do not talk?
FALSE - the vast majority have language development.

4. Children with Autism can't show affection?
FALSE, This can be difficult for most Autistic children but not all.

5. Autism can be outgrown?
FALSE. Autism is a lifelong condition but with help Autistic people can lead productive and happy lives.

6. Children with Autism cannot learn?
FALSE. It can just take a little time to figure out the best way to teach Autistic children.

7. Autism is rare?

8. Asperger Syndrome is caused by poor parenting?
FALSE. Asperger syndrome is believed to be caused by a Genetic Componet.

9. People with Asperger Syndrome lack imagination?
FALSE. People with Asperger Syndrome typically possess vivid, creative and unique imaginations just look at the famous people with the condition. example: Satoshi Tajiri the Creator of POKEMON or even Hans Christian Anderson a famous Author of children's stories such as 'The Little Mermaid'

10. Autistic people are all alike?
FALSE. Everyone is different but there are some common problems with things such as difficulty with social communications.

11. Autistic people don't build relationships?
FALSE. Ok it's unlikely an Autistic child might be a very popular social person but it is very likely they will have a solid relationships with people with shared intrests. Plenty of Autistic people who marry will have good solid relationships.

12. Autistic people are a danger to society?
FALSE. Autistic people are not dangerous but some may exhibit violent behaviors but these are almost always caused by frustration, physical or sensory overload and its very rare they act violently out of malice.


1 in 150 individuals has an Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism is a form of autistic spectrum disorder or ASD. Other forms of ASD include Asperger syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder.

80% of all individuals with Autism learn to talk.

Each person with autism is a unique individual with special talents and gifts.

Children and adults with autistic spectrum disorders have difficulties with everyday social interaction.

People with Autism are often keen to make friends but due to their disability find this difficult. Their ability to develop friendships is generally limited as is their capacity to understand other people emotional expression.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability with NO cure.

Some people with autistic spectrum disorders have accompanying learning disabilities but everyone with the condition shares a difficulty in making sense of the world

People with Autism who have an extraordinary talent are referred to as 'Autistic Savants',
only about 0.06% of Autistic people are 'Autistic Savants'.

Many thanks to Cheryl Ellison for the above.


Flame said...

I am going to be forced to borrow that...

Pagangracecat said...

It's great isn't it? So many myths surround ASD/Aspergers and it's good to see something which counters them.

Kriss923 said...
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Kriss923 said...

Hi, nice to see other sources of information on the web, my son of 2yrs 7mths might be Autistic or have dispraxhia, he's not talking yet, alot of people say he's just lazy however his doctor (who has an autistic child) says he's showing signs of Autism, I think your doing a fab job sharing your information. I found some more info on this site, I'm hoping that some of the information on there is true to it's word. and not of these myths that you hear of.


cheeky curves said...

Wish this could be posted where others could read it.

Skyler said...

Aspergers can be found out with their symptoms affected to the child. Some children will lack in their communication and some will not interact with others. It can be hard to the child in future if it continues without taking any precaution steps to prevent.