Dispelling Myths

True or False?

FALSE

In the mid-20th century, experts thought autism could be caused by a mother’s inability to nurture her child. We now know that autism is a neurological and developmental disorder that presents in early childhood and continues throughout life.

FALSE

Many children with autism lack the social skills needed to develop friendships. This doesn’t mean they do not want friends. They just don’t know how to communicate their interest.

TRUE

Children with autism possess the full range of human emotions. Autism does not make people emotionless. In fact, emotions can be even more intense in autism. For some people with autism, the challenge lies in naming, understanding, and expressing emotions.

TRUE

Around 12 months of age, Autistic children begin to spend less time looking at faces. By 18 months, they will show a similar decrease in the amount of time they spend smiling while looking at faces.

FALSE

When you have seen one Autistic child, you have seen one Autistic child. In other words, no two Autistic children are alike. Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that ranges from mild differences in communication and interaction in some children to significant deficits in other children.

TRUE

Many colleges today offer specific support for students with ASD.

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