World Autism Awareness Month: Busting 6 autism myths

What is Autism? In most cases, people think being autistic has something to do with mental illness. Wrong! Thanks to films like Rain Man, My Name is Khan and Barfi! a lot of people now seem to have an idea about what autism is like, but the idea is not always accurate. Here are six myths about autism debunked:

Autistic children can’t talk or understand

People with autism may not talk, but they are not incapable of understanding or communicating. They may try to express themselves in a non-verbal manner, but that doesn’t mean they are less intelligent than or radically different from “normal” people.

Autistic children aren’t social

While they might find it challenging to exchange words with other people, it doesn’t mean that autistic children aren’t interested in making friends.

They aren’t smart

It’s unfortunate that we tend to link a lot of abilities with how well a person speaks, and that if they can’t, we assume they must be “mentally-challenged”. Just like regular people who communicate with each other on a regular basis, and have unique strengths and weaknesses (some may be good at math, others at swimming), autistic children, too, have their strong and weak points. Kids who suffer from autism do sometimes have the ability to focus really well on one thing, because of which they appear to have an unusual expertise in that area.

Every autistic child has one amazing quality

On the other hand, it’s not necessary that every autistic child is a prodigy. Besides, they are all unique and no two children show similar traits of autism.

Vaccines can cause autism

False. Numerous studies have shown that there’s no link between the two.

Signs of autism in your child

The child doesn’t make eye contact with parent (like when they’re being fed or during play time)

The child is unable to respond when called by name

The child does not use gestures to communicate (like waving to catch your attention)

The child doesn’t respond to being cuddled or picked up by a familiar person

The child doesn’t interact with a familiar person (parent or other children)

Curated: Huffington Post And Bel Air Daily