10 Myths Everyone with Autism is Tired of Hearing
Autism is a condition that is often misunderstood and misrepresented. While it continues to increase in prevalence, most of society doesn’t understand the condition and relies on hearsay and half-understood truths to form their perspectives.
Myths and misconceptions are not helpful for anyone living with autism, their families, or the people interacting with them.
Here’s some of the most common autism myths we hear and the truth behind them.
Myth 10: Autism is a new condition
Truth: While the prevalence of autism is on the rise, autism is not a new condition. It was first described by scientist Leo Kranner in 1943. The earliest recorded descriptions of people exhibiting autistic behavior were documented in 1799.
Myth 9: Autism is caused by “Refrigerator Moms”
This idea was created and popularized in the 1950’s when moms’ so-called “emotional frigidity” was blamed for the development of autism. It’s simply not true, and is totally unfair to the mothers of these special kids. Autism has nothing to do with parenting.
Myth 8: Autism is caused solely by environmental factors
The exact cause of autism is not known for certain. It’s believed that genetics plays a role in the appearance of autism. Studies have shown that parents whose first child has autism are more likely than the general population to have a second child with autism.
Myth 7: Autism only affects men
While autism is certainly more prevalent in men and boys, it isn’t solely a male condition. One in four people with autism are women and girls. It’s unclear what causes the uneven male-to-female ratio, but the current prevailing theory suggests that a nature vs. nurture issue makes diagnoses in girls and women less common.