Autism Myths That Need to be Dispelled

As parents of children with autism, autistic individuals, or professionals that work in the autism field, we have all undoubtedly heard of one or more of the following autism myths:

  • Refrigerator mothers
  • Autism = intellectual disability
  • Autistics can’t show empathy
  • Everyone with autism is nonverbal

Helping to dispel these myths is an important part of raising autism awareness.

As autism spectrum disorder prevalence has gone from 1 in 150 to 1 in 100 children in the United States, age-old myths about autism continue to prevail.

Read more: Dispelling Common Autism Myths

About Melissa

Melissa is the mother of two children on the autism spectrum and strives to provide information about all aspects of autism through her blog, The Autism Education Site. Follow Melissa on Twitter. Like me on Facebook.

© Melissa Hincha-Ownby and The Autism Education Site, 2008-2014.


  1. Very true indeed, it is important that this message should be heard. It is unfair for those of that kind.