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Monday, February 25, 2008

Common MYTHS about Autism

*Children with autism never make eye contact –
Some do make eye contact, and some make eye contact after working for years to learn to
make eye contact

*Inside a child with autism is a genius
Children with autism have a wide range of IQ scores and skills.
However, a child that may remember the birthday of every child in their class may not remember their names

*Children with autism can't show affection –
This is difficult for most children with autism, but not always true.

Bonds and affection can be achieved in many cases but it takes work, time, and patience.

*Progress means a child does not have autism – False!
Progress means hard work, love, and support is paying off.

*Affection and smiling at you means a child does not have autism – False!
All children are different and with time, work, and love many that don't show affection will learn to show affection.

*Autism can be outgrown – False!
It can be treated and children and adults with autism can lead productive and happy lives -
and so can their families

*Bad parenting causes autism – False!

*Children with autism cannot learn – False!
But often the key is figuring out how they learn and teaching them appropriately.

Each child is different

*Autism is rare – False!