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Clearing Up 5 Common Misconceptions About Autism

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

While awareness and understanding of autism are on the rise, there continue to be many common misunderstandings and inaccuracies by the public.

To help you understand the challenges of living with autism, here are some of the most common misconceptions, courtesy of our friends at Garden Academy in West Orange, New Jersey:

1. Individuals with autism are anti-social - In reality, individuals with autism develop friendships, engage in social play, social activities, conversations, and develop long-lasting relationships the same way typically developing individuals do. (Autism Speaks)

2. Individuals with autism behave badly for no reason - Individuals with autism may behave a certain way because they do not have the skills to communicate their wants or needs in a more socially acceptable manner. Teaching functional communication is key! (www.pbs.org/pov/neurotypical/autism-myths-and-misconceptions)

3. Autism is caused by vaccinations - This claim has been completely debunked. Vaccinations simply do not cause autism. At all. (www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/topics.html)

4. Individuals with autism had a bad parenting experience – The way a child is raised does not determine whether they will have autism. Historically, mothers of children with autism were labeled "refrigerator mothers” who were thought to be cold and unloving. This theory from the 1950s is not true. Although the cause of autism is still unknown, recent research finds that there is a combination of genetic and environmental factors that play a role in ASD (Autism Speaks; National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)

5. Individuals with autism can't learn - Yes they can! Everyone has their own way of learning and learns in unique ways. This holds true for individuals with autism as well! (www.pbs.org/pov/neurotypical/autism-myths-and-misconceptions)

If you want to know more about autism, potential treatments, and other resources for dealing with this condition, Garden Academy in West Orange, NJ is one of the leading authorities in the North New Jersey area for autism treatment and education.

If you’re in need of specialized, personal care for individuals struggling with autism, contact CommandCare today and learn how we can provide trusted, reliable homecare for you and your loved ones.

Guest blog from Garden Academy, Lauren and Lauren