10 Things You May Not Know About Autism

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10 Things You May Not Know About Autism

  1. Children do not grow out of Autism
    1. Autism stems from differences in biology which influences brain development
    2. Autism is also a lifelong condition – this does not mean children cannot make significant improvements in their social and language abilities over time – they can
  2. People on the autism spectrum have a great deal of empathy
    1. Autism can and does affect a person’s ability to understand subtle emotional cues, including tone of language and body language
    2. But when emotions are communicated directly, there is a wealth of research to show that both children and adults on the autism spectrum are even more likely to have empathy for others
  3. Many people of the autism spectrum have quality friendships
    1. Social interaction difficulties and anxiety can sometimes mean that people on the autism spectrum experience difficulties with respect to friendships
    2. This should never be confused with a desire not to have friends – the vast majority of children and adults on the autism spectrum do in fact like to socialise.
  4. Not all people on the autism spectrum have savant skills
    1. Savant skills apply to approx 1 in 10 on the autism spectrum, particularly with respect to mathematics, drawing
  5. Autism is not caused by vaccination
  6. People on the autism spectrum can have a great sense of humour
  7. People on the autism spectrum are no more violent than other human beings
  8. Many people on the autism spectrum have successful romantic relationships
    1. Choice to be or not be in a relationship should not be confused with the capability to be in a relationship
  9. Not all people on the autism spectrum have an intellectual disability
    1. It should be noted many people with ASD do have an intellectual disability, but also that many people with ASD do not have an intellectual disability
    2. Communication difficulties do not necessarily equate to intellectual disabilities.
    3. Intelligence therefore should be measured in a way that does not rely on communication skills
  10. Not all people on the autism spectrum are the same – for e.g.
    1. Not all will be good at words
    2. Not all will repeat back words (known as echolalia)
    3. Not all will have difficulty speaking
    4. Not all will have hand mannerisms
    5. All people are unique – they have a unique way of thinking about the world

Source: Autism Research Team | Telethon Kids Institute @ https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008269412048

 

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