I feel as if I need to set the record straight. I am going to list just a few misconceptions that I have heard about autism or ASD. Some of these things were in general and some were referring to my children.
- Autism is contagious.
- It’s triggered by a traumatic event
- Boys will always get it worse than girls.
- If he/she is nonverbal as a child, they probably will not be able to as an adult.
Autism is not contagious. I have encountered a few people who hear something that they are oblivious to and because it sounds foreign, it is contagious. This is not the case. A person cannot catch autism the way a person can catch the flu or a common cold and the idea of someone thinking this is preposterous.
I was told by my son’s previous pediatrician, in Illinois, that at the age of 13 months, a traumatic event was the reason for his ASD surfacing. Because this was coming from a medical professional, I believed it. The problem was I had no clue what “traumatic event” occurred. For a while, I believed that this event caused his ASD until I spoke with medical professionals and professors in Virginia and all of them informed me that a traumatic event could never trigger ASD. I believe this is something that still needs to be looked into. In my children’s cases, ASD is hereditary on their paternal side.
Boys will get ASD worse than girls. Boys are more likely to be diagnosed with ASD more than girls, but there is no proven fact that boys will get it WORSE than girls.
If a child is nonverbal, they will begin speaking on their own time. With the right motivation and support from family and professionals, the child will speak when they are ready. If, for any reason, a child is unable to speak there are other methods available to help the child better communicate with others.
**You cannot accept information from people who are ignorant to a cause to spread awareness. Educate yourself before someone educates you with false information. Do your research, but when you do make sure that the information you receive is reliable. Check your sources.