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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

E.A. West and 7 Myths about Autism

Yesterday's blog featured E.A. West's new Young Adult novel, DIFFERENT
Today, West returns to discuss

7 Myths about Autism

  1. A person with autism can never improve.

Therapies exist to assist autistic with daily life skills, social skills, job skills, and many other areas of life that may be impaired by autism. Age can also bring improvement, as well as learning from peers, studying human behavior, and developing the coping mechanisms necessary to participate in normal daily life.

  1. A person with autism can be cured with the right therapies.

While the right therapies can help an individual live a more normal life, cure isn’t possible. Autism is a neurological difference, which means the autistic brain is wired differently than the normal brain. The right therapies can help rewire the brain to a certain extent, but differences will always exist.

  1. Early intervention is the only hope a child with autism has.

Early intervention does help a tremendous amount, but even if you miss that window of time, your child can still make improvements with the right assistance.

  1. Autism is caused by vaccines.

This myth has been disproved by more than one study with strong evidence. The man who started the theory by manipulating the results of a study he conducted has admitted that his conclusions weren’t accurate and had no evidence to back them up, yet the myth of autism being caused by vaccines continues to persist.

  1. Only children are autistic.

People seem to forget that autistic children grow up. Autism is a lifelong disorder, meaning a person can’t grow out of it. It doesn’t magically disappear when the child becomes an adult.

  1. All autistics are great at math and science.

While many autistics do seem to do well in math and science, many more are drawn to the arts. Just like with any group of people, a wide range of abilities and interests exist among people on the autism spectrum.

  1. Autistics aren’t creative or good at playing make believe.

Autistics are just as creative as anyone else, but they may have trouble expressing their creativity in a normal manner. From an observer’s perspective, it may appear that the autistic child is just sitting and staring blankly at a wall, but inside the mind of the autistic there may be a grand adventure playing out that they are fully participating in. Since it’s all internal, however, many people wrongly assume that children on the autism spectrum are incapable of playing make believe.

                                             About E.A. West: 

E.A. West, award-winning author of sweet and inspirational romance, is a lifelong lover of books and storytelling. In high school, she picked up her pen in a creative writing class and hasn’t laid it down yet. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, knitting, and crocheting. She lives in Indiana with her family and a small zoo of pets.

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