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Common Myths about Autism

Children with autism never make eye contact - some do make eye contact, and some make eye contact after working for years to learn to make eye contact.

Inside a child with autism is a genius - children with autism have a wide range of IQ scores and skills. However, a child that may remember the birthday of every child in their class may not remember their names.

Children with autism can't show affection - this is difficult for most children with autism, but not always true. Bonds and affection can be achieved in many cases but it takes work, time, and patience.

Progress means a child does not have autism - False. Progress means hard work, love, and support is paying off.

Affection and smiling at you means a child does not have autism - False. All children are different and with time, work, and love many that don't show affection will learn to show affection.

Autism can be outgrown - False. It can be treated and children and adults with autism can lead productive and happy lives - and so can their families.

Bad parenting causes autism - False

Children with autism cannot learn - False. But often the key is figuring out how they learn and teaching them appropriately. Each child is different.

Autism is rare - False.


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