3 Savant abilities are often associated with ASD but are actually very rare

3 savant abilities are often associated with asd but

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is caused by genetic factors as well as environmental factors such as pollution. 3. Savant abilities are often associated with ASD but are actually very rare. Examples of savant abilities displayed in the media include many popular movies, including the movie “Cube”, where Kazan, a character with ASD, reveals that he has mathematical capabilities that are far beyond the skills of an average person. 4. Many therapists claim that autism is curable through the use of homeopaths. However, the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) has ordered that they stop pushing this claim, because there is no substantial evidence that ASD can be completely be cured. In class, we learned about many forms of rehabilitation that can be employed to manage and improve social skills and other symptoms of autism. 5. Another popular myth is that people with ASD cannot experience emotions. Some people have been led to believe that autism is an empathy disorder. However, we have learned in class that ASD relates to the way people express themselves, and it is an unnecessary stigma to assume that they cannot experience raw emotion, just because they find it difficult to respond in an appropriate way in social situations. We learned to identify many of these social impairments. Examples of foundational social skills studied in class include eye gaze, imitation, and joint attention.
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These are just a few of the many stereotypes associated with ASD. There are many other examples of misconceptions, such as the idea that all people with ASD experience it the same and that autism is a mental health disorder, when it is truly a developmental disability and a neurological disorder. I found this class to be enlightening and I now realize the importance of autism awareness, and I have learned a lot of new and important information regarding ASD.
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  • Fall '15
  • Psychology, developmental disorder

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