There are many misconceptions about autism, which are often perpetuated by a culture of misunderstanding. While society has progressed in its understanding of the condition, there are still myths that surround autism. Here are the top 5 myths about autism, which need to be dispelled once and for all:
1) People with autism are all the same
The fact is every person with autism is unique. Every individual’s personality is distinctive, not unlike other members of society. The one major element autistic people have is the difficulty communicating in a social environment. Otherwise, there is as much difference between people with autism as with anyone else in our society.
2) People with autism do not express feelings
People with autism are quite capable of expressing love toward another person. It may come out in a peculiar way but it is an expression of feelings nevertheless. Autistic people can, in fact, have more empathy than most people. The way they express empathy might be unusual but it’s definitely present. People with autism have more feelings than people expect.
3) People with autism do not build relationships
Nothing about autism could be further from the truth. People with autism have good relationships with their families. They also develop solid friendships outside of their homes, especially when they can share a common interest with someone. Autistic people are successful in building friendship at work and can develop successful romantic relationships as well.
4) People with autism are a danger to other people
It is rare that a person with autism commits a violent act. When they appear violent, it’s usually because they have become frustrated or are experiencing physical and/or sensory overload, not unlike any ordinary person.
5) People with autism are all savants
It is true that a few people with autism have amazing abilities in a specific area. Many autistic people can read well and perform duties similar to any other person.
Truth: people with autism have much to offer. People with autism are more ‘ordinary’ than many believe and have much to offer society. At home, work or out on the town, autistic people can have fun and show feelings with the people they interact with. They develop solid relationships and live normal lives.
With autism, it comes down to support from family and other members of our society. People with autism can learn important social and working skills when they receive specialized training from the community. If people believe in them, autistic people are capable of achieving great things with their unique perspective on life.