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DESTROYING THE MYTHS OF AUTISM. Presented by Wendy Fournier and Jo Pike. 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.

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DESTROYING THEMYTHS OF AUTISM

Presented by

Wendy Fournier

and

Jo Pike


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.


Myth #1Refrigerator Mother Theory

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  • Bettelheim believed autistic children did not feel loved by their mothers and retreated into a world of their own.

Bruno Bettelheim


  • 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.


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Loud

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Crowded

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Bright

Myth #3

Your child needs a good spanking!


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.


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 2nd most toxic substance on Earth and aknown neuro-toxin.

  • In the 1990’s the number of requiredchildhood vaccinations dramaticallyincreased. So did the rate of autism.

  • Please do your own research.


  • 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”.


Myth #7

Autism is a Neurological Disorder

  • Allergies

  • Asthma

  • Sleepdisturbances

  • Food Sensitivities

  • Inflammatory bowel disease

  • Epilepsy

  • Digestive Disorders

  • Feeding Disorders

  • Persistent Viral Infections

  • And more…


This leads us to…

  • 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?


  • 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.


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Baseline year


1994

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1996

0-30%

101-300%

501-999%

301-500%

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1998

0-30%

101-300%

501-999%

301-500%

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2000

0-30%

101-300%

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301-500%

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2002

0-30%

101-300%

501-999%

301-500%

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2003 incomplete

Over 2000%


  • Myth #10

  • There is no cure for Autism.

  • Dietary intervention

  • Nutritional supplementation

  • Heavy metal chelation

  • Anti-viral treatments

  • Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Auditory Integration Therapy


To learn more about autism and related disorders,visit http://www.NationalAutism.org.


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