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Dispelling Common Misconceptions About Autism

young boy with autism in a classroomThere are many misconceptions and myths surrounding autism. These unfounded thoughts have snowballed so dramatically in recent years that many consider them to be true. Pasitos Clinic is here to dispel these misconceptions with actual facts! If your child requires therapy services, we can help.

Misconception: Children on the Autism Spectrum Can’t Make Friends

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is defined as a developmental disorder that specifically affects one’s communication and behavior. Children who get diagnosed with ASD often display behaviors that could be considered “antisocial” but this doesn’t mean people with autism are completely unable to make friends and foster lifelong connections with peers.

It may be more difficult for children with ASD to play with other children in school due to the fact that ASD affects social communication and interaction behaviors. Little or inconsistent eye contact is a common sign of autism; not listening to people or failing to respond when someone calling their name are other signs of autism. This can make it difficult for children to create friendships but it doesn’t mean it’s completely impossible. Children with ASD just have to work a little harder than others in order to make friends. Teachers and parents alike can aid in these types of situations. By fostering a positive environment, children with ASD will be able to grow, thrive, and make friends!

Misconception: Having Autism Means You’re Emotionless or Can’t Understand the Emotions of Others

Since ASD is often categorized by aloofness, it’s easy to see why many people consider those with ASD to have an inability to express any emotions. In reality, those with ASD simply communicate their emotions in different ways. Similarly enough, children with ASD are often unable to understand emotions based on another’s body language or vocal inflections. That’s not to say that those with ASD can’t understand emotions at all, they just need those emotions to be communicated in a more concrete and direct fashion.

Misconception: Vaccines Cause Autism

Although this is a contentious topic, it’s necessary to bring it to light. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there is “no link between vaccines and autism.” Autism is caused by environmental and genetic factors such as pregnancy complications. Autism also tends to run in families. If you’ve noticed concerning behaviors from your child, early intervention can aid them in living happy, fruitful lives. Contact Pasitos Clinic today to schedule a screening. If you have any questions or concerns, give our team a call. We will gladly provide the answers you’re looking for.

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