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Understanding some common myths may be helpful in understanding autism and sorting through the facts and myths we often hear in the media. This resource also includes a list of resources in the Philadelphia area.
Autism is a syndrome that affects children in three areas: language, socialization, and sensory integration. Each child is different. There is no known cause or cure for autism. Special therapies can help make a big difference in a child’s development and future. The sooner a child gets good therapies the better that child’s future will be.
If you are worried about your child’s development or behavior, it is better to have an evaluation and get help than to wait and see.
Fact. Boys’ language is different from girls but they should communicate well by the age of 2.
Fact. Autism is not the same as Mental Retardation or what is now called Intellectual Disability.
Fact. Children with autism have many skills but still need therapies to make sure they have successful relationships and behavior, as they grow older.
Fact. Children with autism are frequently misdiagnosed as having behavior problems. They may have problematic behaviors because they have autism and are not getting help.
Fact. By the age of 2, a child should be speaking in at least one language.
Fact. This is both true and false. There are different times in childhood that autism can be identified. It varies among children.
Fact. Many children with autism appear to have difficulty focusing and paying attention. However, they also have problems with social skills, repetitive behaviors and communicating effectively. Children with ADHD do not necessarily have these other differences.
Fact. There are hundreds of myths about what might cause autism. Although there is a lot of research, there is still no scientifically proven cause.
Fact. There is no blood or genetic test for autism.
Autism Society of America/Philadelphia
Information and support warmline: 610-358-5256. Info in Spanish also
ASERT (Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training)
Region Eastern Collaborative Autism Resource Specialist: 877-231-4244. Spanish too.
Philadelphia Autism Project
Map of local support groups for autism in Philly.
Autism response hotline: 888-288-4762
Association for the Science of Autism Treatment
Describes autism treatment methods and the research and evidence behind them. Great vaccination info.
Philly Autism Group
SPIN-PACE Special People in the Northeast
Philadelphia Autism Centers of Excellence. Multi service center in Northeast Philadelphia providing a range of free and Medical Assistance-funded services and supports for the entire family. Free family support groups and trainings open to everyone. 216-612-7639 Spanish available.
NET-PACE NorthEast Treatment Centers
Philadelphia Autism Centers of Excellence. Multi services center in Center City providing a range of free and Medical Assistance -funded services and supports for the entire family. Free Family Support groups and trainings open to everyone. 877-638-4581 Spanish available.
Child Guidance Resource Center (CGRC)
Philadelphia Autism Center of Excellence. Multi service center in Southwest Philly providing a range of evidence based supports and services for families with a child with Autism. Free Family Support groups monthly open to everyone. 267-713-4113 Spanish available.
Community Autism Network (CAN)
A learning and social environment to build awareness in the community, promote independence, provide social opportunities and relief for families and individuals with Autism. 215-834-8998
Small World Special Needs
Videos, tip sheets, in 7 different languages as well as help for visual supports
This resource created by Philadelphia Autism Project