3 Myths About Autism- Debunked!

3 Myths About Autism- Debunked!

There are a lot of misconceptions and myths about Autism. These myths can oftentimes be harmful and hurtful to those close to Autistic people . One of the best things we can do to show our support is to stay educated on the facts about Autism and to teach others about our findings so that stigmatizing or hurtful myths can be debunked. Nobody likes harmful rumors that spread out of control. Let’s read through these 3 myths about autism- debunked together! 

Autism is Caused by Vaccines 

This is one of the biggest myths about Autism. This myth came about in the late 1990s when a research study was published in a journal that drew a highly tenuous link between vaccines and Autism. However, the experiment that was conducted was declared not up to scientific standards and was later completely debunked as deceptive, non-replicable and non-indicative of such a conclusion. The physician was even stripped of his medical license later. There have been many more high quality research studies which involve hundreds of thousands of people that have consistently proven that vaccinations do not cause Autism.

Autism is a Disease

Autism is not a disease Autism is a developmental, spectrum disorder that affects the cognitive, emotional, and social skills of an individual. It is not something that can be cured with medicine and Autistic people are not ill. Genetic factors are considered to contribute to causing Autism, but it is not a disease that someone can catch. In fact, Autistic people  live meaningful and healthy lives. 

People with Autism are Anti-Social

While Autistic people  may interact differently with the people around them or may even need support with social skills, that doesn’t mean they are anti-social. Most Autistic people enjoy having social relationships. Taking time to get to know Autistic people can make all the difference because sometimes unspoken body language may be difficult for them to read. Autistic Individualsoften still feel as much, if not more, empathy as others, bu they may express it in ways that are harder to recognize.

Campbell Teen and Family Therapy

To learn more about Autism, call now to reach out to the admin team at Campbell Teen and Family Therapy. At Campbell Teen & Family Therapy, Inc. we are here to help.Our psychologist can evaluate and determine if your child is autistic, our therapist can work with the individual on building social skills, we can work with the parents by supporting them in their journey to understand Autism and how it might affect their marriage and/or family and we can work with the siblings of Autistic children to learn how to understand and how to get their needs met in healthy ways. If your child is having difficulty with Autism that manifests in symptomatic behaviors, our psychiatrist can determine if medication can be helpful in addition to therapy. Remember, educating yourself is a great first step in showing support for those in the Autism community.