Tuesday, November 13, 2007

What Autism is NOT!

Lissa (Matthew's Great Aunt) emailed me a link to the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital website and this was on it. Good info...

As important as it is to understand what autism IS, it is also important to know what autism is NOT:

• Autism is not a mental illness

• Autism is not the result of poor parenting

• Children with autism are not unruly or spoiled kids who just have a behavior problem

• The vast majority of persons with autism are not savants, like the character portrayed by Dustin Hoffman in the movie Rain Man

• Children with autism are not without feelings and emotions

• No known psychological factors in the development of the child have been shown to cause autism.

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