Debunking the Myths (part 1; parenting)

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.

By letstalkautism

3 comments on “Debunking the Myths (part 1; parenting)

  1. Thank you so much for this, there are so many parents like myself who feel guilty and like we haven’t done enough. It’s nice to know that we’re \not the cause but we can help in trying to be the solution. As soon as my son got diagnosed I did a lot of research and tried to understand what the best next course of action would be. Do you have any recommendations? Thanks for your help and having a forum that we can voice our concerns and fears.

    • First and foremost, you are the expert regarding your son. You know more about him than any professional that you employ. That’s the first step. There are so many web sites with information regarding treatment recommendations, however, you need to make sure that the educational goals are appropriate and the treatment modalities meet the needs of your son. Always look at what he needs to succeed in his next environment. That’s the basis of his IEP, those are skills identified with what he needs to be successful in life… A comprehensive assessment will dictate those goals and form a solid platform for his educational and life goals.

  2. Followup,
    As a Christian facility, what is your position (reference environmental factors and immunizations) vs. the position of St. Vincents. I only want the best for my child.

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