Autism: Top 7 Most Common Misconceptions

Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are general terms used to refer to some complex disorders of the development of brain. These disorders are marked by varying degrees of difficulty in nonverbal and verbal communication, social interaction and repetitive behaviors. It can also be related to lack of motor coordination and attention, intellectual disability as well as health issues like gastrointestinal and sleep problems. This disorder is often misunderstood by a lot of people, but it is important to have the right knowledge of the condition when dealing with an autistic patient in any way. Here, we list 7 misconceptions about autism.

Number Seven: People with autism like being alone

Autistic people lack social skills which makes it difficult for them to interact with others. But that does not mean that they do not want friends or companionship. It is just hard for them communicate their need of having a relationship of any sort.

Number Six: Autistic people cannot express or feel happiness or sorrow

Autistic people are just unable to communicate joy or sorrow or perceive another’s emotions, but they can certainly feel all kinds of emotions. Thus, the myth is completely ridiculous.

Number Five: Autistic people are disabled intellectually

Autism brings with itself just as many talents as limitations. Many autistic people have normal to high IQs and some have even excelled at music, math and many other fields.

Number Four: Autistic people will remain so forever

Through early intensive intervention many autistic people can ‘test out’ of the diagnosis. Thus it is important to address the disorder as soon as one starts seeing its first signs.

Number Three: It is caused by bad parenting

This myth came about in the 1950s and suggested that autism affects the children of those mothers who lacked warmth. This has long been debunked through scientific studies.

Number Two: It is just a brain disorder

Autistic people also have gastro-intestinal disorders and food sensitivities. They may also have many allergies.

Number  One: Its prevalence has been increasing for the past 40 years

Majority of the insurance companies do not cover autism in their coverage plan. Also, only half of the states require coverage for ASD treatment.