In a previous post I discussed and dispelled common myths associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder, such as the assumptions that autistic people are only good at one thing or lack empathy. Sadly, there are many more myths out there – and here are just a few:
In common parlance, autism often conjures an image of a person obsessed with facts who dislikes people, happy to live in solitude. But the majority of us want to make friends – often, we just don’t know how. There’s even a specific criteria for those who are ‘Active but odd’, who are very socially engaged but come across, for lack of a better term, as strange. There’s also a ‘passive’ type of autistic person, who’ll happily engage socially as long as somebody else starts the conversation. It’s too simplistic to assume no autistic extroverts exist.
Autism is a common and complex condition - it’s not nearly as simple as is commonly thought. And there are many, many more myths which need dispelling – watch this space for more!
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Though our understanding of autism has made great strides, there remain a large number of myths about the condition which are taken as read. These myths stretch from misunderstandings about the nature...