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Destroying the Myths of Autism.
Presentation from the National Autism Association.


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  • 1.  
  • 2. DESTROYING THE MYTHS OF AUTISM
    • Presented by
    • Wendy Fournier
    • and
    • Jo Pike
  • 3. What exactly is autism?
    • Autism is a bio-neurological developmental disability that generally appears before the age of 3.
    • Autism is diagnosed four times more often in boys than girls.
    • Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function.
    • Individuals with autism often suffer from numerous physical ailments .
    • Autism does not affect life expectancy.
  • 4. Myth #1 Refrigerator Mother Theory Bruno Bettelheim
    • Bettelheim believed autistic children did not feel loved by their mothers and retreated into a world of their own.
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  • 5.
    • Myth #2
    • No Emotion
    • Children with autism and related disorders most definitely do have emotional feelings.
    • Children with autism and related disorders are able to love and feel loved.
  • 6. Myth #3 Your child needs a good spanking! Too Loud Too Crowded Too Bright
  • 7. Myth #4 You’re born with autism. 
    • On average, autism is diagnosed at 44 months.
    • Many children with autism met all of their developmental milestones before the age of 2 and suddenly regressed into autism.
  • 8. Myth #5 Vaccines do not cause autism. 
    • A recent study shows that children receiving vaccines containing the preservative “Thimerosal” are many times more likely to develop autism than those who receive thimerosal-free vaccines.
    • Thimerosal is 49.6% Mercury by weight. Mercury is the 2 nd most toxic substance on Earth and a known neuro-toxin.
    • In the 1990’s the number of required childhood vaccinations dramatically increased. So did the rate of autism.
    • Please do your own research.
  • 9.
    • Myth #6
    • Individuals with Autism are Savants.
    • It is not common for individuals with autism to be like Dustin Hoffman’s character in “Rain Man”.
    •  
  • 10. Myth #7 Autism is a Neurological Disorder
    • Feeding Disorders
    • Allergies
    • Asthma
    • Sleep disturbances
    • Inflammatory bowel disease
    • Food Sensitivities
    • Epilepsy
    • Digestive Disorders
    • Persistent Viral Infections
    • And more…
  • 11.
    • Myth #8
    • The increase in the rate of autism is due to better diagnosing.
    •  
    • 10 years ago, the rate of autism was 1 in 10,000 births.
    • Today it is 1 in 166.
    • This is a 5,000% increase in 10 years.
    • If this astonishing increase is due to better diagnosing, where are the thousands and thousands of adults with autism who should have received a diagnosis 10, 20 or 30 years ago?
    This leads us to…
  • 12.
    • Myth #9
    • Autism is a rare disorder.
    •  
    • 1 in 166 children are now being diagnosed with autism.
    • Every 16 minutes another child is diagnosed with autism.
  • 13.  
  • 14. 1992 Baseline year
  • 15. 1994 0-30% 31-100% 101-300% >1000%
  • 16. 0-30% 31-100% 101-300% >1000% 301-500% 501-999% 1996
  • 17. 0-30% 31-100% 101-300% >1000% 301-500% 501-999% 1998
  • 18. 0-30% 31-100% 101-300% >1000% 301-500% 501-999% 2000
  • 19. 0-30% 31-100% 101-300% >1000% 301-500% 501-999% 2002
  • 20. Over 2000% 2003 incomplete
  • 21.  
  • 22.
    • Myth #10
    • There is no cure for Autism.
    •  
    • Dietary intervention
    • Nutritional supplementation
    • Heavy metal chelation
    • Anti-viral treatments
    • Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Auditory Integration Therapy
  • 23.  
  • 24. To learn more about autism and related disorders, visit http://www.NationalAutism.org.