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Common Characteristics:

Behavioral

Communication

Learning

Diagnosis:

Incidence, Causes, Treatment, Needs and more information on Autism.

Misconceptions


Myth: All individuals with autism possess special skills and genius abilities (e.g. are able to memorize license plates, complete complicated mental math, display exceptional musical/art skills)

Truth: Although the individual with autism depicted in the movie 'Rainman' possessed special abilities, the vast majority of people with autism do not. Individuals with autism who possess 'genius' abilities are often referred to as "savants" or "autistic savants". Approximately 50 percent of all savants have autism, while only about five to ten percent of individuals with
autism possess extraordinary savant skills.

Myth: There is a cure for, or people grow out of autism.

Truth: People do not grow out of autism. Autism is a lifelong disorder, however the manifestation of symptoms may change over time. While there is yet no known cure, autism is definitely treatable

Myth: Poor parenting causes autism.

Truth: While there is no one known cause for autism, it is known the disorder is not caused by poor parenting.

Myth: Children with autism just need more love and a good spanking.

Truth: Autism is not caused by a lack of love and it is not cured by punishment. Parents need support to manage difficult behaviors with structure and consistency.

Myth: People with autism have to be in special programs for the 'autistic'.

Truth: Individually designed programs best meet the needs of a person with autism.

Those with autism should be learning, living and working in settings where there is ample opportunity to communicate and interact with others who have the skills they lack.

Myth: All individuals with autism are withdrawn, avoid eye contact, engage in self-injurious behavior, rock, spin objects and avoid affection.

Truth: Individuals with autism tend to be diverse. Therefore, it is difficult to use words such as 'all' or 'none' when describing this group. Some individuals engage in eye contact, while others enjoy tickles and hugs. However, not all engage in rocking, spinning or self-abusive behavior. Individuals with autism do share common behavioral characteristics, and it is on this basis that a diagnosis can be made.