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Debunking Common Myths About Autism

Debunking Common Myths About Autism

Debunking Common Myths About Autism

There is a common saying that goes “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder. No two people are exactly alike. Though some symptoms are more common than others, how they affect a person and to what extent can differ. One person does not represent the entire spectrum.

Researchers have been studying autism for years. Their understanding of the disorder has vastly improved, but there is still much to learn. Approximately 1 out of every 68 children is on the spectrum. Though the prevalence has increased over the years, one also has to take into consideration the fact that our understanding of autism has improved and diagnosing criteria has changed. Regardless of what researchers now know, there are still many myths and misconceptions that exist surrounding autism spectrum disorders:

How You Can Help Break Down the Myths

Whether you have a spouse, child, relative, or friend with ASD, you can be proactive in breaking down these myths and more. Even if you do not know anyone affected, you can help. Educate yourself and become an advocate. If you hear someone sharing something that is untrue, politely correct them and help them to understand the truth. Fight for more resources and supports to help those with ASD live more independent and successful lives. Consider how your own actions, choices, thoughts, and behaviors impact those with special needs and do your part to create a more inclusive and accepting community.

If your child does have autism, provide them with the tools and resources they need to thrive. PediaPlex offers a wide range of services all in one location including ABA therapy, speech and occupational therapy, psychology services, and more. Autism is just one piece of who your child is. Help them to improve their behavior, communication, and social skills and make the most of the world around them. An ASD diagnosis does not have to hold them back. You’ll be amazed at the progress they can make with the right supports and strategies in place. PediaPlex understands your concerns and your needs. We meet your child where they are at and work with them at their own pace to maximize their potential. Contact PediaPlex today to find out how we can help.

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