13 Autism Myths Everyone Needs to Stop Believing
Myth: They prefer to stay isolated
It’s no secret that social impairments affect individuals on the autism spectrum. Studies have proven, and diagnostic criteria confirm, that social development delays are significant factors in ASD diagnoses. Those on the spectrum may find it difficult to develop relationships with their peers due to a combination of a delayed ability for spontaneous sharing, communication delays, and impaired ability to recognize subtleties in facial expressions, body posture, and eye contact. However, this has no bearing on an individual’s desire to progress in social relationships and settings.
Instead, an individual with autism often feels so uncomfortably out of place in social situations that he would rather avoid them until he learns the proper tools to progress. According to the Foundation for Autism Support and Training, some may “find it threatening to be in crowds or groups of people because they may have difficulty reading another person’s facial expressions, and as a result, may misinterpret another person’s intentions.” But this doesn’t reflect one’s desire for support, understanding, and friendship.