Autism: what’s true and what is not

April, 2015 has been dedicated as the Autism month. No wonder, many companies, many hoardings are going blue, which is the official color for autism. There are pamphlets all over and lectures too are taking place, for sure all these acts will create awareness but still there is a big gap between the reality and perceptions. Lack of understanding of the disease makes it impossible to recognize and help when needed. In many cases, timely intervention can help the people suffering and can reduce the bad effects to a greater degree. Here are some of the common myths that surround autism which should be removed.

Autism is not a universal disease

It is a complete myth that autism is not everywhere. Every country has a huge number of patients who are suffering from one or the other form of autism. Lack of awareness, however, makes it impossible to diagnose many of the cases. And both developed and developing countries have millions of sufferers.

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Autism produces geniuses

It is true that autistic patients develop fascination in some fields which could include language or math. But believing that all of them are geniuses is not true. A study has revealed that only 1 or 2 out of 100 people suffering from autism really have higher than normal IQ levels. Most of them have normal intelligence levels as far as studies are concerned. However, in most cases it has been seen that they find it easier to have conversations when it concerns the subject of their choice, making them believe that they are more knowledgeable than they really are. Autism patients who have extraordinary talent are referred to as ‘autistic savants’.

Schooling is a sure shot way to cure

All autistic individuals need special help. And there are special schools for them where they are taught to deal with daily requirements and are also helped with various other curriculums. Despite all these pros, the feeling that schooling can cure autism is a myth. In majority of the cases, autism cannot be cured fully but can surely be healed to some extent. And it has been found out that after school is over, autistics find it difficult to adapt to the normal surroundings. Entering into adulthood from being kids is one of the most difficult times for autistics. Schools do help but only to some extent after that it is up to the family and society to help them.

Autism patients don’t socialize

It is true that autistic patients find it difficult to socialize, but it is not true at all times that they like to stay alone. In fact, studies have shown that most autistic people find it difficult to find friends and are bullied. And as much as they would like to befriend others, they do not get the necessary response. It is also a misconception that autistic people do not have a relationship. The truth is that many have happy marriages and form lasting relationships. All they need is better understanding and an attitude to help.

So, before you judge an autistic, be sure that you have a proper understanding of what they go through.

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