That’s right. We’re ‘dishing’ right here in 500 words or less! I apologize in advance to Facebook pals or list mates who may have clicked on the link expecting some really good trash. Don’t you love reading about someone else making a mess?
My title is unfair. This title is misleading. Okay, it’s a lie. So are many ideas about autism.
Here’s a shortlist of The Myths and Partial Myths of Autism. I’m asking for contributions in the comments section. Play carefully; we don’t want The Great and Powerful Oz to bust in, break it up, and tell us to ‘move it along, now’ to the Discussion Boards:
How high-functioning is someone who can’t make friends, keep a job, or remember how to tie shoes?
Families just want their children diagnosed with autism to receive money and free services.
Because there’s so much money and many services available to families, of course.
Each person with autism has a special talent.
Is it special if you know all the lines from only “Spongebob” episodes?
Life is horrible for all who have autism.
Insert your comment here.
Autism is a gift.
Autism is genetic.
One more time.
Bad parenting creates milder forms of autism.
There are a heck of a lot of bad parents out there.
On Education: well enough is good enough.
What is “is”?
Autism is not treatable.
They are all doomed for institutions. Oh wait, there are no more institutions now, right?
Autism and ‘Brat-ism’ are synonymous.
It must be in the water. Oops, back to the bad parents again.
Children with autism are unearthly, ethereal, angelic…
Don’t start with me. I’m one pooped mom and, trust me, they are not always angels.
He/She just needs to sit there and do his/her work.
Oh, I get it! Autism is laziness.
People with autism can never tell a lie.
I’ve got three at home who are developing this skill nicely. Talk about Exiting Nirvana…
There is no real increase in autism, rather, better detection.
Let’s keep scratching our heads. Maybe the dandruff will go away. And now, as I say to my youngest, “YOUR turn!”.