Autism has received a great deal of media attention in recent years. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the incidence of autism is rising and is currently affecting 1 in 59 children in the US or about 200, 000 children each year. So, it stands to reason that you may have heard some ideas or have some thoughts concerning autism or encountered someone diagnosed with autism.

Autism is a developmental disorder of variable severity that is characterized by difficulty in social interaction and communication and by restricted or repetitive patterns of thought and behavior. Autism is four times more common in boys than in girls. African Americans tend to suffer disproportionate rates of disability and disease when compared to other racial and ethnic groups due to access to preventative and curative care. Although rates of diagnosis for autism occur at the same rates in all racial groups, diagnosis in African American children occurs later than in White children. As a result, African American children may require longer and more intensive intervention.

Here we are concerned with telling you the facts about autism. That is, we will tell you the truth in the ideas you have heard, and the false notions about them too. Below are 11 myths which we hope will change your thinking and misconceptions concerning autism.

Myth 1: People affected with autism are not fond of friends.

Truth: People who are affected with autism tend to spend most of their time struggling with their social skills; hence they have no time to get to interact well with their fellows. They seem to be unfriendly or shy, but the only reason behind that is that the person is not in a position of communicating their relationship desires like the way normal people do.

Myth 2: People with autism are not in a position of expressing their happy or sad emotions.

Truth: Autism makes people feel the same emotions as those without autism but, the only difference is that people with autism have different ways of communicating their emotions as they perceive their expressions.

Myth 3: People affected with autism can’t understand other people’s emotions.

Truth: Autism mostly affects the ability of a person to understanding the unspoken interpersonal communication, since such people are not able to detect sadness from people’s body language or their sarcasm in people’s voice tones. However, when we directly communicate our emotions, such people can have a feeling of compassion and empathy for other people.

Myth 4: People affected with autism are disabled intellectually.

Truth: Often, autism has great exceptional abilities just like challenges. Most people who have autism have from normal IQ to high IQ and most end up being the best in music, math among other pursuits.

Myth 5: People with autism happens to be the same as Rain Man Character Dustin Hoffman.

Truth: The characteristics of autism often vary from person to person; for this reason, it is said to be a spectrum disorder. The term “spectrum” refers to the wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of disability in functioning that can occur in people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). If you know a person’s behavior with autism, it can never be the same as of the other one. One person’s limitations and capabilities are his and his alone, they do not necessarily resemble those of another affected person.

Myth 6: People displaying an autism person’s typical qualities are odd and will eventually get out of it.

Truth: Autism is said to be an inheritable condition which affects brain development. Hence, it becomes a lifelong condition in many people.

Myth 7: Autism affects children only.

Truth: It is normal that children affected with autism grow to be adults with autism. It is however not easy for adults who are normal to be affected with autism just eventually.

Myth 8: Autism is just but a brain disorder.

Truth: Research, which was widely done, has concluded that many people who are affected with autism condition happen to get some co-occurring conditions like food sensitivities, epilepsy; energies, and gastrointestinal disorders.

Myth 9: Bad parenting leads to autism.

Truth: During the analog period, around the 1950s’, myths and misconceptions were highly respected, there was a theory that was known as the mother hypothesis refrigerator that arose and suggested that mothers that grew up their babies without emotional warmth are the ones who caused autism. However, the theory was regarded as useless and was hence disproved.

Myth 10: The autism prevalence has been increasing steadily over the last 40 years.

Truth: It is the fact that autism prevalence has been increasing at a rate of 600% over the previous 20 years. It was estimated that at least one person out of 1500 in 1975 had autism. The estimation has increased to 1 person in 59 to having the spectrum disorder of autism in 2014.

Myth 11: People with autism are protected under insurance cover.

Truth: It is a fact that most insurance companies don’t give their insurance coverage to people with autism. It is an only pleasure to the advocates’ work that by now, 48 out of 50 states in the U.S happen to pass various autism insurance forms of law coverage.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, scientists believe that both genetics and environment likely play a role in ASD. There is great concern that rates of autism have been increasing in recent decades without a full explanation as to why. Autism is a disorder that occurs in people’s lives that is safe to say never wanted to have the complication. It is humanely great that we appreciate, love and treat people having autism with love and include them as part of the family just as the way we treat other members of the family.

April is Autism Awareness Month

Hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world, light blue in recognition of people living with autism. Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place all month to increase understanding and acceptance and foster worldwide support. Autism Speaks

World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognized day on 2 April every year, encouraging the Member States of the United Nations to take measures to raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder throughout the world.