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10 Commonly Believed Myths About Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Autism acceptance begins with autism awareness, right? One thing that I know I can do as a parent of an autistic child, is to address this. So, let’s get started with 10 common myths about Autism Spectrum Disorder.

While it hasn’t happened in quite some time, there were definitely days where we would get a barrage of stares and dirty looks when we would go anywhere with Sweet B. There were times that I didn’t want to go out in public because of this but then I realized- this was my chance and my opportunity to educate and hopefully bring awareness and acceptance for my daughter.

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10 Myths About Autism Spectrum Disorder

Though the diagnosis rate of autism may be growing, there are still many commonly believed myths about autism.

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10 Common Myths About Autism Spectrum Disorder

Myth #1: All individuals with autism are the same

False. Autism is a spectrum disorder so this disability runs the gamut. From higher functioning to lower functioning, verbal to non-verbal. Some individuals may have several accompanying disabilities (epilepsy or ADHD for example) in addition to autism.

Myth #2: Individuals with autism aren’t affectionate

False. Sweet B is very affectionate with people that she knows. And she’s always been that way.

Myth #3: You can outgrow or cure autism.

False. You can lessen the behaviors but autism will NOT magically go away overnight. With supportive therapies, you can lessen behaviors and you can make it easier for an individual with autism but this is a lifelong thing. This does not go away when a child turns 18.

Myth #4: Bad parenting causes autism

False. And if someone ever says this to me? Please be there with bail money because I will go ballistic. There are several theories as to what causes autism but nothing has been 100% proven yet.

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Myth #5: Individuals with autism are just misbehaving

False. When an individual with autism is having a meltdown, it’s because something is not going right in their world and they have lost control. Over time, coping strategies can be developed to lessen the occurrence of meltdowns.

Myth #6: Individuals with autism will never amount to anything.

False… and says who? There are many successful individuals with autism. In fact, throughout history, several individuals were suspected to be on the Autism spectrum. Great composers like Mozart, scientists like Einstein. Actor Dan Aykyrod is on the spectrum.

Myth #7: Individuals with autism look normal

Well, that’s a matter of opinion and how you choose to define “normal”. If an individual with autism does look behaved and “normal”? Bless the parents and whatever they’ve gone through to get there. Besides, would you know what to look for when it comes to whether or not someone has autism? Autism does not have a specific look.

Myth #8: Individuals with autism cannot live a normal life

Again, this is a matter of opinion and how you define normal. For me? Autism is normal. I don’t force Sweet B to adapt to my world, I adapt to hers. But that’s not to say that individuals on the spectrum can’t live independently. For that matter, there are some adults who aren’t on the spectrum who aren’t capable of living normally or independently.

Myth #9: Individuals with autism are savants

No.. some are and some aren’t. To that end, just because an individual is a savant doesn’t mean that they’re also on the spectrum.

Myth #10: Individuals with autism don’t have feelings

False. So very false. They have feelings because they’re people. Some individuals just might not be able to express those feelings or they might express them in a different way. Sweet B, for example, when she’s happy- yes she’ll laugh, she’ll also flap her hands, and rock back and forth. When she gets frustrated, she’ll stomp up stairs. Sometimes she may have difficulty managing her feelings, but she definitely has them.

So there you have it- 10 common myths about autism spectrum disorder. Just ten of many, I imagine. And here’s to working towards acceptance, not just awareness for individuals with autism.

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Kori

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Kori is an autistic mom who also happens to have ADHD and Anxiety. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodivergent family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. As an empath, HSP, and highly intuitive individual, Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori provides life coaching services for neurodivergent women (and those who identify as women) as well as Oracle card reading, Tarot card readings, and energy healing.

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Vince
Vince
6 years ago

Myth #3 is myth, at least for some kids. Raun Kaufman, and a host of others. It may not be in the cards for every kid, and I’m not aware og anyone ever ‘outgrowing’ it, but many kids have FULLY recovererd… aka ‘cured’ if you want to use that term.

Aurie
6 years ago

Thank you so much for this. I have a son on the spectrum and I am fielding these questions about the “facts” all the time. Thank you for spreading awareness. I am currently working on my own Autism post for this month. I have a board on my blog for our experiences so far. I am going to share this post! Thank you so much!

jenna
6 years ago

People often misunderstand autism. Thank u for setting the record straight on some things.

Sarah Palmer
6 years ago

What a great post. My nephew and some of my friends kids have autism. You are absolutely right when you say that each of them is very different. They are all amazing kids and I feel blessed to know them. Pinning. Thanks for linking to Tips & Tricks. I can’t wait to see what you link up next. 🙂

Jeannine
2 years ago

Oh, we are feeling #10 in our household lately: I have a pre-teen on the spectrum who is becoming much more socially aware, and often comes home and expresses sadness and anxiety about fitting in at school – YES she feels emotion, angst and very typical pre-teen feelings. Thank you 🙂

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