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Autism: Myths vs Facts

Hello wonderful PTN fam!

Lovely to writing to you all this week.

Hope we haven't kept you all waiting too long.

This week we plan to switch things up a little bit. This is going to be our last post in relations to the Autism Awareness Month and to round things up we have a guest writer.

Ladies and Gents, Boys and Girls, please put your hands together for ASAI's very own Mr. Ini!!!!

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Hello Everyone,

My name is Mr. Iniobong Sam, popularly known just as "Mr. Ini" and I am a co-founder of Autism Support and Advocacy Initiative (ASAI).

Today I am here to combat a few myths about autism, so kindly buckle up as we go on this joyful ride.

Over the past few weeks, we have furnished you with information regarding what autism actually is and can look like. Howbeit, with autism being a very complex neuro-developmental condition, there are many misconceptions and myths surrounding it that can be harmful and contribute to a lack of understanding and acceptance of individuals with autism. In this article, we will strive to debunk some of the most common myths about autism, and tell you more about what autism is NOT.

Myth #1: Autism is caused by bad parenting, permissiveness and a lack of attention and love.

FACT: Autism is a neurological disorder caused by differences in brain development,

not bad parenting, permissiveness or a lack of love and attention. While parenting can play a role in a child's development, it does not cause autism. Studies have shown that genetics is the primary cause of autism.

Myth #2: People with autism lack emotions or empathy.

FACT: Autistic individuals experience emotions as well, but they may have difficulty expressing or interpreting them. They may also struggle with understanding social cues, which can make it difficult for them to connect with others. This in no way implies that autistic people lack emotions or empathy, or are totally incapable of showing such.

Myth #3: Autism can be cured.

FACT: Autism is not a disease, as such, it is not something that can be "fixed" or "cured." Likewise, there is no known cure for the condition. However, early intervention and therapy can help autistic individuals develop skills that can improve their quality of life and independence.

Myth #5: People with autism are intellectually disabled.

FACT: This claim is as false as can be. While some individuals with autism may have intellectual disabilities, many others have average or above-average intelligence. In fact, some autistic individuals have exceptional abilities in certain areas, such as math, music, arts, etc.

Myth #6: Autism is a result of vaccination.

FACT: This myth has been thoroughly debunked by numerous studies and research. There is no evidence that vaccines, especially the MMR vaccine, cause autism, and the scientific consensus is that vaccines are safe and effective.

Myth #7: Autistic people can be dangerous.

FACT: Autistic people are NOT dangerous or physically aggressive towards others. If they are over-stimulated, it is possible for some of them to lash out. But autistics generally keep to themselves, and most times some of their ritualistic behavior is more dangerous to themselves than to others.

Myth #8: Autistic people are artistic, musical or mathematics geniuses.

FACT: Given that no two cases of autism are the same, it is incorrect to assume that all

autistics are geniuses. While some autistic individuals have exceptional talents, and may excel in math, music, art, or some other area, others may have average or even low

cognitive abilities.

Myth #9: Kids will outgrow the “autism.”

FACT: Autism is a lifelong condition, it doesn’t go away with age. As autistic individuals learn to interact with the world through early intervention and therapies, they become better at controlling some of the presentations and mannerisms.

Myth #10: Autistic people are anti-social

FACT: While autistic people may need support with learning social skills or interact differently with the world around them, they enjoy social relationships and interaction. Taking the time to get to know and understand their preferred manner of interaction makes all the difference.

In conclusion, there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding autism that are simply NOT TRUE. By understanding the facts about autism, we can help to promote greater understanding and acceptance of autistic individuals and create a more inclusive society where they can live and thrive.

On a final note, the autism, or rather, awe-tism awareness month may be over, but spreading awareness, showing empathy and increasing acceptance of autistic people never goes out of style. Take decision today to be an AWETISM awareness champion in your locality.

Until Next Time!!

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