Don’t Believe These 12 Common Myths About Autism
There are so many common myths and misconceptions about autism all over the internet. We invited autism expert and developmental and behavioral pediatrician Dr. Alexis Reyes to set the record straight.
Dr. Reyes has spent her life’s work helping persons with autism and their families. In this video, she shares with us the facts and research, as well as her own extensive experience.
We discuss these 12 myths:
- 6:41 Myth #1: Vaccines can cause autism.
- 10:23 Myth #2: Certain foods can cause autism.
- 14:26 Myth #3: Autism is caused by bad parenting.
- 18:16 Myth #4: All persons with autism have a special talent.
- 21:24 Myth #5: Autism is contagious.
- 28:02 Myth #6: Persons with autism don’t want friends and don’t like to socialize.
- 34:12 Myth #7: Persons with autism can’t feel or express emotions.
- 38:19 Myth #8: All persons with autism don’t like to be touched or hugged.
- 43:15 Myth #9: All persons with autism are quiet and nonverbal.
- 46:27 Myth #10: Autism is rare.
- 52:27 Myth #11: Autism is just a childhood condition.
- 56:08 Myth #12: There are miracle cures for autism.
Watch also the Autism Q&A that starts at 1:18:00.
Together, let’s fight against discrimination, and work towards a better, more accepting society for persons with autism and their families.
Sharing also this very helpful infographic on autism:
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