Here are some common myths on autism:

• Children with autism never make eye contact - Myth. Some do make eye contact, and some make eye contact after working
for years to learn to make eye contact.

• Inside a child with autism is a genius - Myth. Autistic children have a wide range of IQ scores and skills. However, a child
that may remember the birthday of every child in their class may not remember their names.

• Children with autism can't show affection - Myth. This is difficult for most children with autism, but not always true. Bonds
and affection can be achieved in many cases but it takes work, time and patience.

• Progress means a child does not have autism - Myth. Progress means hard work, love, and support is paying off.

• Affection and smiling at you means a child does not have autism - Myth. All children are different and with time, work, and
love many that don't show affection will learn to show affection.

• Autism can be outgrown - Myth. It can be treated and children and adults with autism can lead productive and happy lives -
and so can their families.

• Bad parenting causes autism - False

• Children with autism cannot learn - Myth. But often the key is figuring out how they learn and teaching them appropriately.
Each child is different.

• Autism is rare - False.

• Children with autism do not talk - Myth. Many children with autism develop good functional language. Most other children
can develop some communication skills, such as sign language, use of pictures, computers or electronic devices.

Common Myths on Autism

• Progress means that the child does not have autism.

• Children with autism do not smile at you.

• Children with autism do not participate in physical affection.

• People with autism do not notice others and do not pick up cues from peers/adults.

• People with autism do not want friends.

• Individuals with autism do not relate to peers/adults.

• People with autism could talk if they wanted to.

• When a child with autism does not respond to a question/direction to which he has previously shown a correct response, he
is being stubborn/non-compliant/obnoxious.

• Autism can be outgrown.

• Autism is an emotional disability.

• Children with autism will show no imagination.

Facts on Autism

• 1 in 91 babies have autism spectrum disorders.

• 80% of all individuals with autism learn to talk.

• Early diagnosis and intervention is essential.

• Each person with autism is a unique individual with special talents and gifts.

One autism fact is there are vast differences among these individuals. The range of autistic characteristics exhibited will be
different in each person affected. Some individuals may exhibit only mild language delays, while others may have no functional
speech. An autism fact is language skills, social interactions are typically a challenge for most individuals. People with autism
may have average or above average verbal, memory, or spatial skills yet find it difficult to be imaginative or join in a game of
softball with their friends. Others with autism are more severely affected and may need greater assistance in handling day to
day activities like crossing the street or making a purchase.

An autism fact is that many children and adults will make eye contact, show affection, smile, laugh, and express a variety of
other emotions though perhaps in varying degrees. Like others, they respond to their environment in positive and negative
ways. Autism may affect their range of responses and make it more difficult to control how their bodies and minds react. Fact
is people with autism live normal life spans and some of the behaviors associated with autism may change or disappear over

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