MYTHS OF AUTISM
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
• 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
• Autism does not affect life expectancy.
• Bettelheim believed autistic
children did not feel loved by
their mothers and retreated
into a world of their own.
•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.
Your child needs a good spanking!
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.
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
•Thimerosal is 49.6% Mercury by weight. Mercury is the 2nd
most toxic substance on Earth and a
•In the 1990’s the number of required
childhood vaccinations dramatically
increased. So did the rate of autism.
•Please do your own research.
Individuals with Autism are Savants.
•It is not common for individuals with autism to be like
Dustin Hoffman’s character in “Rain Man”.
Autism is a Neurological Disorder
• Sleep disturbances
•Inflammatory bowel disease•Food Sensitivities
•Persistent Viral Infections
• And more…
The increase in the rate of autism is due to
•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…
Autism is a rare disorder.
•1 in 166 children are now being diagnosed
•Every 16 minutes another child is diagnosed