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10 false myths about childhood autism


Autism is technically known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and, although there are many and varied symptoms, the most common and well-known refers to the ability of autistic children to relate and communicate with others.

It has been more than 100 years since people began to talk about autism, and yet little medical information is available about it. It is this fact that leads to myths and false beliefs about this disorder. These topics do not help the integration of autistic children, therefore, it is important debunk these common myths about autism.

Today there are many topics associated with autism, dismantling them will help children with an autism spectrum disorder and their families to normalize the situation and integrate them into our society.

1- Autism is a psychological problem. The reality is that it is neither a disease nor a psychological problem as previously thought. It is an acute developmental disorder, which begins in pregnancy, and affects the child's ability to communicate and interact.

2- The cause of autism is in the family or the environment. Totally false, the family is not at all responsible as has been said for many years for the lack of affection towards children.

3- The cause of autism is in vaccination. For some years the MMR vaccine was blamed, something now totally banished.

4- Autistic children cannot communicate. There is a false belief that people with autism are closed in on themselves and unable to communicate with their environment. Well, although it is true that autism have communication problems, they can speak and express themselves, even if they do so on very specific topics that interest them or always repeat the same thing on occasions.

5- Children with autism are not affectionate and do not like physical contact. Although in the most serious cases they may not show emotions, the reality is that they are very sensitive children, they tend to be very close to their parents and they do want to have friends with whom to play. They laugh, feel, cry and get emotional just like the others, although in some cases they cannot channel their feelings well.

6- Autistic children have unusual talents. Not all autistic children are capable of memorizing a book word for word, or doing really difficult math. Only 10% of them show what is called 'extraordinary talent'.

7- Autism is accompanied by an intellectual disability. It is not true, there are children who do have some type of disability and others do not.

8- Children with autism cannot go to normal schools. In fact, in most developed countries, children with autism attend normal, non-special schools and live, except in very specific cases, with other children.

9- Autistic children are aggressive. Is not true. Although autism spectrum disorder affects the nervous system and autistic children tend to show a low tolerance for frustration and this makes them angry or have challenging behavior at times, they are still attitudes that can be controlled and reeducated.

10- There can only be one case of autism in the family. It is false, and because the cause is believed to be genetic, it can affect several children from the same family.

11- Autism can be cured. There is no cure for autism, but treatment can help. It can last for years or a lifetime. You need a medical diagnosis. Early diagnosis and behavioral, educational, and family therapy can help reduce symptoms and support a child's development and learning.

12- Autistic children are all the same. It is not true. The variety and severity of symptoms can vary greatly from child to child. The most common symptoms are difficulty communicating, difficulty with social interactions, obsessive interests, and repetitive behaviors.

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