6 Greatest Myths about Autism Spectrum Disorder

People with an ASD don’t want friends.

Not true. People with an ASD want friends, just like anyone else – they just find the interactions associate with neurotypical socialisation to be very confusing.

Autism can be grown out of.

Not true. With the right help, people with ASD can learn to act in a manner which neurotypical people find easier to relate to – but they never “grow out” of their autism.

Autism is caused by bad parenting.

Not true. Autism has nothing to do with parenting, and in fact, parents whose children have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder often become some of the most proactive and attentive parents.

People with an ASD are stupid.

Not true. Like neurotypical people, those on the spectrum have a wide range of IQs, and in fact are often very intelligent, they simply have difficult communicating it to neurotypicals.

People with an ASD have no emotions.

Not true. People with an Autism Spectrum Disorder experience emotions just like anyone else, they just express them in a different manner to neurotypicals.

If you make eye contact, you can’t have ASD.

Not true. Difficulty making eye contact is one of the more common of thousands of ASD traits, but it is by no means a required trait of an individual with ASD.


9 thoughts on “6 Greatest Myths about Autism Spectrum Disorder

  1. […] 6 Greatest Myths about Autism Spectrum Disorder (coveredrachel.wordpress.com) […]

  2. Thank you for posting this! I find Asperger’s Syndrome is very misunderstood in society & posts like this might raise the awareness it needs..

  3. Push says:

    Thank you for posting this as my family lives this daily as well. The most misunderstood thing about aspergers, in my opinion, is that the lack of empathy. For my son and myself I have found this to be completely false and in fact opposite. He feels the empathy to the extreme but it is his lack of being able to converse those emotions that adds to the pain and frustration. With myself I also empathize to, what I would consider, an unhealthy degree where I can get lost in that feeling.

  4. hkate248 says:

    AMEN! Thanks so much for this! I literally just had a conversation with a friend about this same topic and the issues my son experiences dealing with Asperger’s. She said that he doesn’t have Asperger’s because he wants friends and “they” (whoever “they” is) say that people with Asperger’s don’t want to make friends. However, my son desperately wants to have friends, he just isn’t good at making or keeping them because of his actions, reactions, and behaviors – and he doesn’t understand why people don’t like him. It’s a viscous cycle. 😦 He’s only 6 and I know with time, counseling and a lot of patience he will be able to make friends and learn how to act in a way that is acceptable and welcoming to others! I think the only way to truly understand Asperger’s is to understand the people that have it. Get to know them and their struggles and don’t attempt to judge or understand them until you do! 🙂 Blessings to you and thanks again for sharing! 🙂

  5. Great post! Thank you so much for making these points.

  6. placeinthisworld247 says:

    Great Post! 🙂

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