Busting 10 autism myths

Busting 10 autism myths

Let’s make sure we speak out and correct anyone who perpetuates these harmful views about autism. There are an awful lots of Autism myths out there; most are ridiculous, some would actually be quite funny if they weren’t so harmful, but they do seem to somehow persist in the national consciousness. So, here’s my guide to the top ten Autism myths and how we can bust them: 1. “ We’re all ‘on the spectrum’ somewhere ” Autism is a neurodiversity, a different way of the brain being wired. You are either Autistic, or not; so no, you can’t be “A little bit Autistic.” 2. “ Children can grow out of it .” Autism is a difference hard wired into the brain. It is an integral part of who an Autistic person is and cannot be “grown out of” or “cured”. There are loads of ‘treatments’ and ‘therapies’ out there, but mostly they seem to be about trying to force an Autistic child to behave like a non-Autistic child; few are of any real value, and many are harmful. It would be better to focus energy on helping non-Autistic people understand Autistic people better, as well as making the world […]

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