Autism: Myths & Facts

Autism: Myths & Facts

By Ayush Henry

Autism: Myths & Facts

MYTH

Children with autism don’t want to have friends

FACT

It's not true that all children on autism spectrum are socially disconnected. They do struggle with social skills but that is because they are unable to communicate their desire in the very same way you do. They may seem shy or unfriendly. Many children with autism want to make friends, but the lack of right skills stop them. In their attempt to make friends they may respond awkwardly.

Autism: Myths & Facts

MYTH

Children with autism don’t feel emotions

FACT

Children with autism can feel all the emotions – love, hatred, happiness, sadness etc. Autism doesn’t restrict an individual from feeling the emotions but makes the person express, communicate and perceive in different ways. Expressing affection or frustration may be difficult for them but this doesn't lead to the conclusion that they can’t feel emotions. It is better to learn how a child with autism expresses affection and emotions so as to reflect back in the way that makes the child comfortable. When emotions are communicated more directly to them, they are more likely to feel empathy and compassion for others.

Autism: Myths & Facts

MYTH

Children with autism have low intellectual

FACT

Each child is different but children with autism aren't necessarily low at intellect. Though autism brings many limitations and challenges but it may bring some exceptional abilities as well. Some autistic children do show real strengths. It can be subjective like mathematics or skill like music. They have their own strengths and weaknesses.

Autism: Myths & Facts

MYTH

Autism symptoms can't be mitigated

FACT

Early diagnosis and behavioral treatment can help in reducing the severity of symptoms. Emotion and behavior regulation with adaptive skills for daily living can be taught to them. However with time and devotion, children with autism can make significant improvement to test out of autism diagnosis but it cannot be completely cured. Strict diets, vitamins, and chelation are known to be the possible cures for autism, but the claim is not be completely supported by science.

Autism: Myths & Facts

MYTH

Children with autism are aggressive

FACT

Children with autism sometimes exhibit offensive and even violent behavior but they don’t do it on purpose. Sensory overload and emotional distress is the reason that causes it. By knowing how the autistic child reacts in certain situations and avoiding those situations can help a lot. Limiting all the situations that triggers anxiety within a child can also be helpful. Situations like loud sound/noise, certain social situations, irregular routine etc that acts as a trigger should be avoided.