There are a plethora of myths about autism that are common in our society today. The website dosomething.org does a good job of looking at some of the most widely accepted myths that exist in our society. One of the myths about people with autism is that they do not want friends. This is what people may believe because autistic children/adults may lack the social skills to show friendliness and properly communicate with people around them. This does not necessarily mean that they do not want friends, it just means that they are not able to communicate their “desire for relationships the same way other people do” (dosomething.org).
Another common myth about people with autism is that they cannot feel emotion, whether it be their own or other people’s emotions. In reality, people with autism feel emotion, they are just not able to express how they feel in the same way. In terms of understanding how other people feel, the website dosomething.org does a good job of explaining how “autism often affects an individual’s ability to understand unspoken interpersonal communication, so someone with autism might not detect sadness based solely on one’s body language or sarcasm in one’s tone of voice.” This is where the myth of not understanding other’s emotions stems from. What people do not know is that when emotions are expressed or shown more directly, a person with autism will actually usually show more remorse or sympathy than other people.
Some people believe that all those that have been diagnosed with autism are intellectually disabled. Temple Grandin is a great example of how this is not the case. Many times, the limitations of autism or accompanied by exceptional abilities. Some people that have autism actually have high IQ’s and do well in subjects like math and music as well as other subjects (dosomething.org). Although some people with autism have cognitive impairment, there are also many on the spectrum that do not.
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