It calls for the record to be set straight with myths around Autism. In this post, we will take away certain misconceptions associated with raising a child with Autism. Therefore, without further ado, let’s get straight to the concepts that make an already difficult situation weirder to be dealt with.
Before we start talking about the myths associated with spectrum disorders like Autism, we do recommend that you go through some of our posts that help you better understand this complex neurobehavioral condition:
- What is Autism?
- Autism Symptoms Checklist
- Characteristics of Autism
- Understanding DSM 5
- How do you get Autism?
- Understanding Autism & ADHD
- Myths and Facts about ADHD
RESOURCE: Download our Autism Resource PDF to spread awareness.
5 Autism Myths that You Should Immediately Disregard
MYTH 1: Parents are to Blame
It is often believed that Parents are responsible for inducing autism in their children. This is an old misbelief dating back to the early years of autism research. Parents were suspected as the real culprits; especially, the mothers – the emotionally closed-off, ‘refrigerated’ types.
This has been proved wrong and parents are no longer to be wrongly blamed for causing Autism in their children. So stop lingering over and blaming yourselves for doing something wrong unintentionally. And even if you consider the genetic predisposition of Autism or other unknown environmental factors, then consider this – as of today, we still do not have enough control over genetics though we can certainly make some derivations based on the environment we are living in.
Instead of blaming yourself, or your fate, try to gather some info on the environmental factors. You must remember that there is no single known cause for autism but vaccines are definitely not a cause.
MYTH 2: Miracle Cure is on its Way!
The second myth is that there is a magic drug or treatment that completely cures autism! There is no singular treatment that can completely cure autism! Neither is there any single treatment that we can hold to be most effective to manage the core symptoms.
An early assessment or diagnosis is simply a step that sets an individual on the long journey towards a secured, targeted support; it’s not a treatment by itself. Why parents tend to think so is mostly because they lose out on significant income because of the time-taking nature of managing their child’s disorder. Only with a proper amount of community support for the individual and his/her family this can be adequately handled.
MYTH 3: Too Late for Effective Intervention!
While public health campaigns work hard to educate parents about the importance of an early intervention to bring a fundamental difference in the lives of the autistics, it often conveys a wrong message to most. Many parents end up feeling unnecessarily anxious and stressed, simply because they didn’t get their child a diagnosis early enough and missed the boat. Yes, starting at the earliest is the best, but it’s never too late to start the support and services.
- What is included in Autism Assessment?
- What does Early Intervention look like?
- Understanding Ear;y Intervention from a Therapist
MYTH 4: Experiences are the same for every parent
Not at all! Every autistic child/individual is different, so knowing one is not knowing about all. Perhaps those with more than one child with autism in the family will know the real difference, real-time, where each child has a different kind of parenting need. So outsiders, who generalize and confuse the parents all the more, please – you shouldn’t!
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MYTH 5: An Autistic Child cannot lead a Healthy Social Life
Autism is always a challenge, but by no stretch of imagination means the end of the world; neither for the child, nor his/her parents. It’s hard, demanding, stressful; emotionally and financially draining, but hardly ever too challenging for parents whose love for their children surpasses the demands of autism.
Assuming that parenting a child with autism is a burden, is fundamentally wrong when the children bring their parents, enormous joy. Always remember someone who is autistic is capable of teaching you about what truly matters in life. They also teach you to work hard and do your best under difficult circumstances.