Myths About Autism

Hello lovely people ❤

You would have probably heard lots of thoughts, assumptions and ideas about autism, but lets say I want to make sure that you know what is true and what is false among all those you have heard . I have put together around 11 myths about autism and hopefully, all of these would be useful for students to share with their classmates and those who get to see them on a daily basis, including parents.

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Myth 1: Children with autism do not want friends.

Truth: If a child in your class/ neighborhood has autism, they undoubtedly struggle with social skills, which may make it problematic to interact with other kids their age. They might seem to be really shy, reluctant or unfriendly, but that’s just because he or she is unable communicate their longing for relationships the same way you do.

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Myth 2: Children with autism cannot really understand, feel or express any emotion— be it happy or sad.

Truth: Autism does not make a child incapable to feel the feelings or emotions that you may feel, it only makes the child communicate all of those emotions (and perceive your expressions) in different ways. Sometimes frustration and upsetting issues might make the child screech, scream, cry, act different. But this is how they express their emotions.

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Myth 3: Children with autism can’t understand the feelings of others.

Truth: Autism often affects an individual’s ability to comprehend all of those unspoken interpersonal communication, so someone with autism might not be able to sense or detect sadness based solely on one’s body language or sarcasm or mockery in one’s tone of voice. But, when emotions are communicated more directly, children with autism are much more likely to feel empathy and compassion for others.

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Myth 4: Children with autism are academically and intellectually disabled.

Truth: Often times, autism brings with it just as many exceptional abilities as limitations. Many people with autism have normal to high IQs and some may excel at math, music or another pursuit.

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Myth 5: People with autism are just like Priyanka Chopra’s character in Barfi.

Truth: Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning its features differ significantly from person to person.His or her capabilities and limitations are no indication of the capabilities and limitations of another person with autism.

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Myth 6: Children who display qualities that may be typical of a person with autism are just odd and will grow out of it.

Truth: Autism stems from biological conditions that affect brain development and, for many individuals, is a lifelong condition.

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Myth 7: People with autism will have autism forever.

Truth: Recent research has shown that children with autism can make enough improvement after intensive early intervention to “test out” of the autism diagnosis. This is more evidence for the importance of addressing autism when the first signs appear.

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Myth 8: Autism is just a brain disorder.

Truth: Research has shown that many people with autism also have gastro-intestinal disorders, food sensitivities, and many allergies.

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Myth 9: Autism is caused by bad parenting.

Truth: In the 1950s, a theory called the “refrigerator mother hypothesis” arose suggesting that autism was caused by mothers who lacked emotional warmth. This has long been disproved.

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Myth 10: Camel milk cures autism.

Truth:  There is no clear medical evidence which would say that camel milk alone would cure autism. Maybe because it is loaded with so much of minerals, vitamins, proteins and fats it could to a certain level reduce the symptoms of ASD when the disorder is mild and when it is coupled with a good early intervention program.

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Now this brings us to the end of today’s post … Hope that I was able to clear off atleast some of the misconceptions that prevailed 🙂

so until next time.. much love ❤ , prayers and good vibes 🙂 from Geeka

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