Myth: Autistic people have poor eye contact and don´t like physical contact
Every person with autism is unique in all aspects including social behavior. For some, eye contact is not an issue, for others it is a skill we need to teach and same goes for physical contact. Some of our children prefer to play alone and we need to work on tolerating physical contact. Others, on the other hand, are incredibly cuddly and sometimes we might even need to work on discriminating when it is not appropriate to hug people around them.
Myth: People with autism want to be alone in their own world
We all have our own hobbies and interests and so do people with ASD. The truth is that one of the possible symptoms of autism can be stereotypical activities and it is another area that can be developed. It can also be harder for people with autism to approach other people and initiate social interaction but that does not mean they want to be alone.
Myth: Autistic people cannot express and read emotions
We always say people should spend only couple of minutes in our center to see the full range of emotions our kids experience all the time! Be it a joy, sadness or anger, people with autism experience emotions as much as we do, even though sometimes they express it in different ways than we are used to. It can also be challenging for them to learn to read other peoples´ face expressions but that is just another skill we can work on.
Myth: Your child is autistic and will never talk
Many parents have heard this sentence but in ABA we believe that if child is not
progressing it is not their fault. It means we need to change our way of teaching. Each child has their own limits but the diagnosis of ASD does not automatically mean that a child will never learn to speak or communicate.
Myth: A person with autism hits their head against a wall
Some behaviors connected to ASD can be scary or dangerous but they are not an automatic part of the diagnosis. They are a form of communication the person with autism developed since they were not able to communicate their needs in any other functional way. It is our job to teach them a functional mean of communication and by that reduce the challenging behaviors.