What Autism Is and Isn’t


April 2, 2011 by Marj Hatzell

On World Autism Day, I’d like to remind you about what autism IS and what autism IS NOT.

Autism IS NOT:

  • A death sentence
  • a fate worth than death
  • fun
  • fake
  • spoiled children
  • bad parenting
  • a disease
  • making children “suffer”
  • defining my child
  • A one-size fits all disorder
  • unfeeling, unemotional children
  • Only present in children and boys
  • Outgrown
  • a choice
  • All savants
  • mental retardation
  • An excuse to allow children to misbehave or be bratty

Autism IS:

  • A brain-based, neurodevelopmental disorder
  • never boring
  • Exquisite, intelligent, complex children
  • challenging
  • different in every child
  • Developmental delay that could include components of OCD, ADHD, social delays and communication delays
  • often behavioral
  • controversial and political
  • a spectrum
  • a gift
  • life-altering

Got that?  Good.

16 thoughts on “What Autism Is and Isn’t

  1. solodialogue says:

    Succinct, intelligent and very true! Love it- great list!

  2. Susan says:

    Great post and so true x

  3. Penbleth says:

    What a very clear and helpful post. Thank you.

  4. Janet says:

    Beautiful! I shared this with my FB friends.

  5. I came over here from the circle of moms inspiring list thing. I like your Autism list. My grandchildren are both on the spectrum and life is certainly never boring 🙂

  6. […] And last but absolutely not least, The Domestic Goddess, who has been giving stay-at-home-moms a bad name since 2005.  The Goddess and I have a whole […]

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