110: Autism Myths
Many widespread myths and misconceptions about autism prevent kids from getting proper diagnosis which means that they are also not getting the right help. Certainly, the effects of these myths spread across the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, influencing how they are perceived, how they interact with others, and also affecting their overall quality of life.
By debunking these myths, we create an environment where individuals with autism can be understood and embraced for who they are, fostering a more inclusive society. That is why this episode is important for parents as debunking these myths are crucial for accurate diagnosis and intervention.
Myth about only boys having autism.
One of the most common myths about autism is that only boys are suffering from autism. There are indeed many boys who have autism but that does not mean that they are the only ones who are diagnosed with it. Boys are easily diagnosed considering that they tend to have coordination issues.
While it is true that a notable number of boys are diagnosed with autism, this myth perpetuates an inaccurate and limited understanding of the disorder's prevalence. Autism knows no gender boundaries. We must broaden our understanding of autism and challenge gender stereotypes associated with it.
Is autism just a childhood condition?
There is a misconception about the period of autism and whether or not it is just a childhood condition. Autism does not end in childhood and is rather a lifelong condition. The brain of an autistic just sees things differently and it doesn't end.
Autism isn't something one simply outgrows. Recognizing autism as a lifelong condition is crucial for promoting inclusiveness, offering suitable assistance, and guaranteeing the well-being and success of individuals on the autism spectrum.
People with autism don’t feel emotions.
We often hear others say that people with autism don’t feel emotions but that is not true despite the fact that they may not show the same range of emotions because their interpretation of them is different.
They don’t really perceive situations the same way that we do. As such, they’re not going to react in a way that we expect them to. For example, an autistic individual might experience sensory overload, where external stimuli become overwhelming, affecting their ability to process emotions effectively.
Gastrointestinal issues are not common.
Another big myth that I encounter a lot is that gastrointestinal issues aren't common for those with autism. In fact, that is one of the most common things we see.
When the American Academy of Pediatrics updated all the guidelines after 12 years of not updating them, the rates of autism went through the roof and they finally admitted that this issue is very common.
As for my experiences so far, I have never had an autistic that doesn't have gastrointestinal issues in their history. Studies have shown that individuals with autism are more likely to experience a range of gastrointestinal issues, including constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, and food sensitivities.
People with autism can't make eye contact.
There are people who think that if you don't make eye contact, you have autism. Some kids with autism do make eye contact but it is more common not to make eye contact.
Other kids with sensory processing also don't make eye contact a lot. And as we know, many kids with autism have sensory processing but many kids with sensory processing don’t have autism.
It's important to recognize that eye contact is just one of the many elements within a wide spectrum of behaviors. While some individuals with autism may exhibit challenges with making direct eye contact, others may engage in it naturally, and the reasons behind these behaviors can vary.
Autism results from bad parenting.
Autism results from bad parenting. Although this is such an outdated myth, many people still believe this. We have to keep in mind that autism is not a result of bad parenting.
Decades of research studies have shown that autism spectrum disorder has a strong genetic component, with a variety of genetic and environmental factors contributing to its emergence. Consequently, parenting styles do not play a role in the development of autism.
Autism is a disease, not a contagion.
The sad truth is that some people think that autism is a contagion but it actually is not. This undoubtedly stems from a lack of understanding about the nature of autism and perpetuates unfounded fears.
We have to continue raising awareness that autism is not a contagious condition; it cannot be transmitted from person to person through physical contact, proximity, or any other means.
There is no medication for autism.
What I don’t understand is why we are just medicating our kids with autism when in fact, there is no medication for autism or at least, there's not one that's approved. And yet, so many kids are medicated.
What I could recommend, however, is to look at your genetic profile. Doing so will show you a good assessment of your mitochondrial issues, detoxification and more. It is basically a whole profile telling you which supplements you should have and shouldn’t have.
I work with a lot of people dealing with autism who also have PANS and PANDAS at the same time. That is why it is safe to conclude that there are many things that can be done when you have autism that can support the body in healing itself.
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Social skills training is equally important for people dealing with autism. In relation to this, it’s best to calm the brain which is why we have to provide behavioral support to our kids. This is one of the greatest failures that I usually notice – nobody tells parents to keep the social skills support.
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To learn further about autism, you can read my blog posts on autism myths (https://drroseann.com/teen-autism-myths-and-everything-you-need-to-know/) and neurofeedback for autism (https://drroseann.com/neurofeedback-for-autism/).