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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 the myths of autism
DESTROYING THEMYTHS OF AUTISM

Presented by

Wendy Fournier

and

Jo Pike

what exactly is 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 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 1 refrigerator mother theory
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

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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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Too

Loud

Too

Crowded

Too

Bright

Myth #3

Your child needs a good spanking!

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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.
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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.
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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”.
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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…
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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?
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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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1992

Baseline year

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1994

0-30%

101-300%

31-100%

>1000%

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1996

0-30%

101-300%

501-999%

301-500%

>1000%

31-100%

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1998

0-30%

101-300%

501-999%

301-500%

>1000%

31-100%

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2000

0-30%

101-300%

501-999%

301-500%

>1000%

31-100%

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2002

0-30%

101-300%

501-999%

301-500%

>1000%

31-100%

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2003 incomplete

Over 2000%

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Myth #10
  • There is no cure for Autism.
  • Dietary intervention
  • Nutritional supplementation
  • Heavy metal chelation
  • Anti-viral treatments
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Auditory Integration Therapy
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