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Tara, the founder of Me Plus More, mum of 3 young boys and 2 fish. Plus, I have enough plants to fill a small forest! I also have a bachelor’s degree in applied science and a master’s degree in international public health.
Published: Aug 9, 2022

5 common misconceptions about autism

Autism is a development disorder that can cause social, behavioural and communication challenges.

People with autism may have difficulty with social interaction.

They may have repetitive behaviours, interests or be sensitive to things like:
– Sound
– Textures
– Taste
– Light

There are lots of misconceptions about people with autism such as:
Autism is caused by bad parenting

This is not true, it is a disorder caused by genetic and environmental factors.

People with autism are always geniuses.

This is not true. Like non autistic people, intelligence varies from person to person and no one is the same!

People with autism don’t feel emotions.

People with autism may view emotions differently or struggle to understand the emotions of others.
But this does not mean they don’t have emotions.

Autism is a mental illness.

This is not true. Autism is a developmental disorder, not a mental illness.

Autism is curable.

This is not true!
There is no cure for autism, but there are ways people with autism can manage to live successful lives.

Misconceptions about those with autism can damage the autistic community.
It also means some people with autism may find themselves bullied or victims of discrimination.
It is important we educate ourselves about Autism.
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