O.K., so let’s set the record straight regarding Autism. Few people in the field of Autism would dispute that there are countless myths and misconceptions floating around about this confusing diagnosis. It’s really not surprising, though, as what the experts in the field know today is far different from what experts in the field (even as recent as 5 years ago) thought they knew about Autism. There’s a reason behind these myths and misconceptions that seem to have persisted over time. Research in Autism today is progressing at a lightning quick pace, and researchers are discovering new facts about Autism every day. Autism, like most things, isn’t necessarily how it is depicted on television or in the movies. Know the facts about autism, and let’s debunk the myths.
Each week I’ll address one common myth regarding autism. I welcome any and all comments and look forward to meaningful discussions regarding the myth of the week.
Autism is Caused by Poor Parenting.
Sadly, there is a cloud of guilt that hangs over many families of children with autism. Families were previously told by professionals that the reason their child had autism was because he/she did not receive warm and loving interactions with the parents, particularly the mother. We now understand this is not true — autism is not caused by a failure to properly bond to a parent.