As a special education teacher, I hold any month that celebrates and educates others on students with disabilities. Some  disabilities are easier to understand and accommodate.  Everyone knows about Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy, and the fact that they can SEE the disability, but there are a lot of misconceptions about Autism. We need more education in the schools as well as in the community!
Mrs. D's Corner says it so beautifully!  Let me fill you in on a few misconceptions that I hear in the education world.

1). That kid is spoiled, his parents are creating the problems 

Myth:  Children are born with Autism. No parents, educators or kids can cause Autism.
Think about if you were the parent of a child with a disability. You fight for your child ALL the time. You take your child to therapy after therapy as well as make sure he is in school as much as possible. By the time you get home from work and he gets home from school everyone is exhausted! That little kid holds it together all day and when they get into their safe environment they will usually release that frustration and anxiety that they worked every so hard to hold in. The parents are the one's that receive the brunt of the behavior. So what if they give in and turn the TV on for a few hours for their kid to calm themselves down. Don't judge until you have walked a DAY in their shoes!  

2). Why does this kid get rewarded for NEGATIVE behavior

MYTH: We are NOT rewarding negative behavior!
I hear this ALL the time and I don't know how else to explain this so people understand, so let me give it a try again! We are not rewarding the negative behavior we are rewarding the student for the positive behavior and when the student  changes their behavior.

A student is refusing to go to class and is laying on the floor. Student has a behavior plan which includes a token economy, earning a certain amount of tokens and then receiving a reward, but staff does not want to give them a token for getting into class.  
We aren't rewarding the laying in the hallway we  are rewarding the child  when they get up and go to class on their own, which is following the direction..

 Our goal is not to do this for the rest of their life, but we need to shape positive behaviors before we can take away a simple token economy. The goal is for the student to work and have to earn a larger amount of tokens before reviving a reward but we have to start small and frequent at first. They need to buy in and know that you are someone they can trust.

3). Just because the child doesn't talk doesn't mean they aren't intelligent. 

MYTH: If we are not getting through to the child academically or socially the question should be "what can I do differently?" 

  • "What is wrong with this kid"
  • "They have no clue what I am saying"
  • "How could they know their ABC's they can't even talk"
It is your job as an educator to find ways for that child to show you what they know! If you are not sure how to do this ask the special education teacher in your school or a specialist who works with the child. 

I am trying to raise awareness at my school by educating others on Autism.

I have done presentations, staff meetings, shared information and knowledge with any teacher who has one of my students or any teacher who is willing to learn. 

This year I gave all of my teachers these adorable hair ties I made with a quote or saying about Autism. A great way to get them to hopefully think a little differently or look at a student in a different way!


I am giving away a set of the hair ties I made:

A $5 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Certificate
A set of amazing Autism Color Street Nail set. Color street is 100% nail polish, no dry time, no tools,  just peel and stick to nails!

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  1. A myth I often hear is that students with Autism are bribed all day long

  2. YES ! that is true about the bribing . Also, we are babysitters.
    michelle miller

  3. MYTH: Autistic kids just want to be left alone and don't want to get along with others.
    TRUTH (in my opinion), Autistic kids, like ALL kids SOMETIMES want to "do their own thing" BUT MANY autistic kids like to try to blend in and be a part of a team/group.