What are some of the myths you have heard about Autism?

 In our first article for World Autism Awareness Month, we aim to debunk some of the myths around Autism.

Here are some we have heard:

All people with autism are good at maths, art and music; All people with autism are geniuses or have an extraordinary ability like the Dustin Hoffman character in the film Rain Man.

Yes, this is a common misconception and this common in pop-culture representations of people with Autism. When you consider the genius of a fictional character such as Sheldon from the popular TV Series Big Bang Theory, Autism is often associated with extraordinary talent. However, according to the National Autistic Society UK, current research suggests that only 1 or 2 in 200 individuals with autism may have an extraordinary talent (http://www.autism.org.uk/).

Autism only affects males.

While research shows that Autism is prevalent in both genders, data suggests that males are affected more regularly. (http://www.autism.org.uk/).

ADHD and autism are the same condition.

Autism and ADHD are two separate conditions that share some similar traits. Although some children with Autism are also diagnosed with ADHD, research shows that the similarities disappear with age.  (http://www.autism.org.uk/).

Autism is a new condition;

No; The first detailed research published of a child known to have had autism was written in 1799 by celebrated French physician Jean Itard. (http://www.autism.org.uk/).

Autism is a rare condition which is only diagnosed in a small number of people;

False; According to Autism Spectrum Australia 1 in 100 people have Autism. In Australia that equates to over 200 000 people. Similarly, the National Autistic Society UK suggests that there are over 500,000 people with autism in Great Britain.

 

The month of April is going to be a sea of colour for Educational Experience. In support of World Autism Awareness Month and the ‘Go colourful for autism initiative’ by Autism Spectrum Australia our team will bring you exclusive information, expert insight and a huge range of activities to enhance the learning experience of children identified with Autism.