Autism 101: Online Course 1

Before we begin the course, let’s dispel a few myths about autism.

When we use the term autism spectrum disorder (ASD) we are referring to all pervasive developmental disorders that make up the autism spectrum – ASP, PDD-NOS.

The myths:

  • Environmental factors such as stress cause autism.
  • Autism is the result of bad parenting.
  • Autism is a mental illness caused by psychological factors such as early-life trauma.

The facts:

While no single specific cause of autism is known, current research links autism to biological or neurological differences in the brain.

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