You’ve probably heard lots of different things about autism but with ghost stories and sneaky shadows haunting us this Halloween – we want to make sure you know what is a spooky autism myth and what is the truth.
Myth: People with autism can’t feel or express any emotion – happy or sad.
Truth: Autism doesn’t make an individual unable to feel emotions, it may make a person communicate emotions (and perceive your expressions) in different ways.
Myth: People with autism can’t understand the emotions of others.
Truth: Autism often effects an individual’s ability to understand unspoken interpersonal communication, therefore an individual on the spectrum might not detect sadness based solely on one’s body language or sarcasm in one’s tone of voice. When emotions are communicated more directly, people with autism are much more likely to feel empathy and compassion for others.
Myth: People with autism are intellectually disabled.
Truth: Autism Spectrum Disorder can often bring with it just as many exceptional abilities as challenges. Many people with autism have normal to high IQs and some may excel at math, music or another pursuit. Individuals on the spectrum may simply need to learn in different ways.
Myth: People who display qualities that may be typical of a person with autism are just odd and will grow out of it.
Truth: Autism stems from biological conditions that affect brain development and, for many individuals, impacts their life longterm. Early intervention has a largely positive impact on individuals with autism to help areas of development.
Myth: Autism only affects children.
Truth: Children with autism grow up to become adults with autism.
Don’t get spooked by these common myths this Halloween! Spread the truth and continue to help us raise autism awareness.