5 popular misconceptions about autism

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New lines tee blue shadow (1)Myth ~ Autistic people don’t feel emotions

We all express our emotions in different ways and this is especially apparent with people who are on the autistic spectrum. Just because you don’t recognise an emotional gesture does not mean to say it isn’t there. I show my emotions in a way that would be unusual to those who have very little understanding of autism, but once you know about it you will understand me better and we will have a far greater chance of bonding and building a friendship.

Myth ~ Autism can be cured

My brother Mark and find it especially frustrating to see parents dedicate all their energy to seeking out a cure for their child when that energy could be put to better use by accepting their childs condition and begin finding ways to communicate more successfully.  Learning how read all the unique subtle ways their child communicates can be the greatest breakthrough a parent can make. Progress can be made with my social skills by first learning how I communicate then using that ‘language’ to teach me your way of communicating. By practicing these social skills I was able to see how they could help me to have a better quality of life. This kind of progress doesn’t happen overnight it can take many years and in no way should it be seen as a cure.

New lines tee (1)Myth ~ Autistic people don’t want any friends

I like many others who have autism struggle with many of the social skills you take for granted and therefore it’s a far safer option to keep myself to myself and avoid any difficult situations or misunderstandings. This comes across as if I am being rude or unfriendly so making friends can be incredibly difficult. However this doesn’t mean I don’t want any. Once we are more familiar with one another I find it less of a challenge to contribute more successfully to the relationship. As you can see this is a catch 22 situation, how can I become more familiar with you without talking to you as strangers first. Sometimes having a 3rd party helping to kick things off can be a great way of overcoming this.

Myth ~ All people with autism require special care and treatment

Autism is not a single disorder, but a spectrum of closely related disorders with a shared core of symptoms. Every individual on the autism spectrum has different levels of disability and the combination of symptoms varies tremendously from person to person. The level of disability and the combination of symptoms varies tremendously from person to person.

Myth ~ Autistic people have remarkable mathematical skills

Only about 10 per cent of all individuals with autism display ‘savant abilities’ such as remarkable mathematical skills or the capacity to remember large quantities of detailed information accurately. Yet understand this information on an emotional level or in a way where it can relate to real-world situations is often much more challenging.

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