Approximately one in every 68 children has autism. Despite its prevalence, the condition remains greatly misunderstood, and as a result, there are countless things misconceptions about autism. These incorrect assumptions come less from ignorance and more from a lack of education about the condition, as well as a dearth of inaccurate representations in movies and television shows.
Many of the common misconceptions about autism, however, can be righted by some basic facts: it's a developmental disorder that can have a wide-ranging impact on an individual's body and mind, from speech and language skills to social aptitude, from learning abilities to behavioral issues. It is a highly individualized condition that manifests differently in different people—there is no one, single, definitive idea of what autism looks like. It's important to dispel the myths that prevent the world from truly understanding those who struggle with this condition.
Here are some common misconceptions about autism debunked.
People With Autism Don't Understand Emotions
Autism Is Linked To Aggression
People With Autism Are Antisocial
People Can Grow Out Of Autism
Autism Only Affects The Brain
Children With Autism Are Mute