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  1. DESTROYING THEMYTHS OF AUTISM Presented by Wendy Fournier and Jo Pike

  2. 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.

  3. Myth #1Refrigerator Mother Theory X • Bettelheim believed autistic children did not feel loved by their mothers and retreated into a world of their own. Bruno Bettelheim

  4. 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.

  5. Too Loud Too Crowded Too Bright Myth #3 Your child needs a good spanking!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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”.

  9. 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…

  10. 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?

  11. 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.

  12. 1992 Baseline year

  13. 1994 0-30% 101-300% 31-100% >1000%

  14. 1996 0-30% 101-300% 501-999% 301-500% >1000% 31-100%

  15. 1998 0-30% 101-300% 501-999% 301-500% >1000% 31-100%

  16. 2000 0-30% 101-300% 501-999% 301-500% >1000% 31-100%

  17. 2002 0-30% 101-300% 501-999% 301-500% >1000% 31-100%

  18. 2003 incomplete Over 2000%

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

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