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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Myths and Facts

There are many different myths surrounding ASDs. Here, are some of the truths about ASDs.

Myth: Autism Spectrum Disorders are rare.
Fact: Autism Spectrum Disorders are NOT rare, they affect 1 in every 150 persons.

Myth: Autism Spectrum Disorders are an emotional disturbance.
Fact: Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder.

Myth: Poor parenting causes Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Fact: Parents do NOT cause Autism Spectrum Disorders. Parents DO need support to manage difficult behaviours with structure and consistency.

Myth: There is a cure for Autism Spectrum Disorders, or people will grow out of the disorder.
Fact: People do not “grow out” of Autism Spectrum Disorders but with early intervention and good educational programs progress may be significantly better.

Myth: Everyone with Autism Spectrum Disorders behaves in the same way.
Fact: People with Autism Spectrum Disorders are individuals with unique strengths and needs.

Myth: People with Autism Spectrum Disorders have to be in special programs “for the autistic”.
Fact: Individually designed programs best meet the needs of people affected by an Autism Spectrum Disorder. They need to be learning, living and working in settings where there is ample opportunity to communicate and interact with others who have the skills they need to acquire.