Wednesday, 1 April 2015

April is Autism Awareness Month

So apparently April is deemed autism awareness month, however in our house it doesn't matter what month it is every single day is autism awareness day. When your a family of 6 and 5 of those people have autism its hard to escape it.
As someone has deemed April as autism awareness month I thought I would share with you 10 facts and 10 myths about autism.

Fact - Autism is a lifelong neuro-developmental condition that effects more than 700'000 people in                   the UK alone
Fact - Autism is a hidden disability, you can't tell by looking at someone if they have autism
Fact - Autism is incurable, but the right support at the right time makes a huge difference
Fact - Over 50% of children whom have autism are not in an educational setting deemed appropriate                  by their parents to meet their needs
Fact - 1 in 5 children with autism have been excluded from school more than once
Fact - Fascinations, repetitive behaviour and routine can be a source of enjoyment
Fact - Special interests in children with autism can help develop self esteem and encourage                              socialising
Fact - People with autism demonstrate above average levels of concentration, reliability and accuracy
Fact - People with autism can lead fulfilling lives with the right understanding and support
Fact - If you have met one person with autism, you have met just one person with autism. Each one is             so wonderfully different

Myth - Autism is a mental health condition
Myth - Autism is the result of emotional deprivation, emotional stress or bad parenting
Myth - People with autism are being deliberately rude when avoiding eye contact
Myth - People with autism prefer to spend time alone
Myth - People with autism are incapable of leading a normal life, getting a job or having a family of                   their own
Myth - ADHD and autism are the same condition
Myth - Aspergers Syndrome is a middle class condition made up by parents to excuse bad behaviour
Myth - Non verbal autistic are severely mentally impaired
Myth - A child with autism will not be able to attend a mainstream school
Myth - All people with autism are geniuses like Rainman

Thanks For Reading
Mandy
xx

Super Busy Mum

10 comments:

  1. What a great, informative post. Some really useful information separating the myths and facts! #MMWBH

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  2. Great set of facts and myths, it's great that there is more of an awareness of autism among the public, but we still have a log way to go!

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  3. I have worked with autistic children and currently child mind a boy with autism at lunchtimes. Why? Because he has been excluded from the school canteen. His "crime". He ran out of the room when he was upset by the something, a helper ran after him and twisted her back in the process. He was given no support and it was hardly his fault if the helper hurt her back. France has much to ;learn about autism :( #MMWBH

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  4. Nice article. Having taught young people on the autistic spectrum in college, I can relate to these... and I love the "Always Unique, Totally Interesting, Sometimes Mysterious" mnemonic! :D

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  5. A fantastic article, with a brilliant list! Such a great way to dispel the myths.

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  6. Well autism awareness week/month is obviously working as I just learnt that it is not a mental health condition, something I wrongly assumed. So thank you for sharing these myths and facts, you've certainly changed this man's awareness :)

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  7. I do wish more people were aware of autism, I work in schools regularly and see teachers and assistants that don't have a clue how to help the children with autism in their care. I hope one day everyone will have that knowledge

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    1. Definitely agree that TA's need to be more clued up. We are fortunate that our primary school actively send staff on courses

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  8. A really informative post.....it's amazing just how little generally people know about autism!

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