Saying that dealing with autism is difficult isn’t enough to describe what a patient goes through on a regular basis. First, there’s the rollercoaster of emotions that get triggered when sights or noises overwhelm their senses. At times, the person experiences the opposite of that, which makes others think their head is in the cloud.
Many parents begin to feel upset and overwhelmed by the burden of not being able to be there to help their child. The feeling of urgency and the need to get to their children to help them through the meltdown is often all these parents can think of. — Bridgette Montgomery, LCSW
Of course, a day cannot pass without the stigma surrounding autism shows itself. The problem is that the non-autistic individuals often have a robust perception of what it’s like to have this condition before they get to meet one who has it. Thus, they either embarrass the patient or make a fool out of themselves for not knowing much about autism.
To prevent the latter possibilities, find out the truth behind the myths about autistic people.
- They Have A Mental Disease
Autism isn’t and will never be a mental illness. What constitutes the said term is a disorder that a person develops after an incident happens in their life. The former condition, on the other hand, is something that the patient is born with.
- They Can’t Empathize With Anyone
Empathy isn’t lacking in an autistic individual. There are moments, however, that they can’t display it the same way that regular people do.
Each child is unique genetically, environmentally, and in every other way, with thousands of interacting variables creating a complex and particular human being. One size can never fit all when it comes to knowing how to respond to, and what to expect from, a challenging young human being. — Dona Matthews Ph.D.
- They Are Uncontrollable
Having the condition doesn’t guarantee that the patient will be violent. It’s possible that any outburst stems from emotional disturbance or sensory overkill, but they are still not crazy.
- They Prefer To Be Friendless
Autistic folks do have friends. The thing is, it may take longer for them to find one they can trust than the others. Nonetheless, it doesn’t mean that they’re incapable of maintaining a friendship.
- They Are Anti-Social
Albeit autistic individuals are indeed not the type who will greet strangers in a gathering and try to befriend them, they still have a social life. Only, it can be restricted to a select few.
When a person doesn’t make eye contact and gives no indication they’ve heard you, we may assume they don’t understand or aren’t paying attention. That isn’t necessarily accurate. — Janeen Herskovitz, MA, LMHC
- They Are Dumb
The brain function of an individual with autism may be different from the rest, but it doesn’t entail that he or she is incapable of learning. There are even instances when someone with this condition turns out to be smarter than regular folks.
- They Are Forever Single
All bets are off the table when it comes to love. An autistic person can find his or her life partner too. They just need to work hard for it; yet, who doesn’t do that these days?
- They Got It From Vaccines
A couple of decades ago, such a belief came about when Dr. Andrew Wakefield published research, stating that the vaccination that toddlers receive for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) causes autism. In truth, that claim has plenty of loopholes, and the drug is still beneficial for kids.
- They Can Outgrow The Condition
It will honestly be amazing if this myth becomes a reality because it can give hope to the patients and their families. Sadly, however, studies reveal that no one ever succeeded in beating the ailment.
- They Have A Single Type Of Autism
The word ‘autism’ only acts as an umbrella for various forms of disorders. There are high- and low-functioning types and their symptoms are diverse, so it’s erroneous to assume that all autistic individuals belong to just one category.