Autism is one of the most talked about illnesses. It is also one of the most misunderstood illnesses. With the advancement in Autism there are still people who believe certain myths about those who have the illness. These myths surround Autism and in some ways taint the real issues with the illness and the progression of study that is leading to a greater understand of the illness itself. The following are a few of the myths surrounding Autism and the truth behind the myths.
Autism Means the Person is Mentally Disabled
This is possibly one of the biggest myths surrounding Autism. In fact, many people believe that any sort of non-physical illness may directly be connected to a mental disability. The truth regarding this myth is that those who have Autism have very high IQ’s. The reason they may seem mentally disabled may be due to the fact they are quiet and focused on particular aspects that interest them. For example an Autistic teenager may be highly intellectual and skilled with several topics. Instead of focusing on all these topics, the teen may choose to focus only on art, math or science. When this focus kicks in, they will generally ignore or shut out all other topics. This does not mean they do not understand the topics. This simply means they are focusing on not only what they are good at, but what interests them most.
Bad Parenting Choices Lead to Autism
For some people who may not understand Autism, the blame can easily be placed on parenting skills. It is easier to blame a parent or their choices that it is to accept the illness itself. In fact, some of the “bad parenting” choices people choose are choices that may have no effect on Autism at all. Some misconceptions are that mothers who choose to eat certain foods during pregnancy will have children that are Autistic. Another misconception is that parents who choose to formula feed over breastfeed or who choose to breastfeed for as short a time as possible actually cause Autism in their children. The truth is daily parenting choices will rarely, if ever, effect a child in such a way that will Autism will be an end result.
Autism is Covered 100% by Insurance
This myth usually comes out when parents of non-Autistic children find out that parents of Autistic children may be on certain forms of government health benefits or have some form of assistance. These parents may believe that insurance covers Autism 100%. The truth is, most insurance companies do not cover Autism at all. In fact, many of the treatments and therapies associated with Autism are considered specialty coverage even on major medical plans. These different coverage options may require referrals are go beyond the scope of the policy. For this reason, various organizations have started offering free assistance to parents of Autistic children to help cover these expenses and to help with unexpected expenses associated with severe cases of Autism in children. These expenses could pertain to medication, therapy or special programs that make the health and lifestyle easier on not only the children, but also the caregivers.