The Autism Stigma Today
Like many things that separate an individual from the cultural or social norm, autism is one of those conditions that society stigmatizes to a certain extent. Autism wasn’t officially recognized by the medical community until the 1940s. Prior to this time, though no diagnoses were made, this condition was seen before then. Not surprisingly, an autism stigma has been around for just as long and even before the condition was named as it is now.
At Blue Parachute, we have videos to help teachers, parents, and others in teaching children on the spectrum. These videos work as a form of autism home support services, giving you the information you need to teach your child on the spectrum.
There are many things that have contributed to the autism stigma. Below we discuss the most common stigma about autism, and the current state of such preconceived notions today.
What Exactly Is the Stigma With Autism?
Negative stigmatization is not unique to autism, but the way the condition is looked at is. Some may even believe that certain stigmas are positive. Some believe that a person on the autism spectrum is more intelligent than others or that the condition is “the next phase of evolution.” These both are not only incorrect but also harmful.
Apart from those two myths, autism stigmas are often a result of the issues with social skills that many on the spectrum have. This is especially noticeable when they are interacting with people who do not have ASD. People may see them as being different or weird. This often results in social rejection, isolation, and discrimination being rampant.
When it comes to getting people to refrain from making judgments without first having the facts, many strides have been made in a positive direction. Even so, simply being tolerant or accepting is not good enough.
The Current State of Autism and Its Stigma
The stigma against autism has been reduced somewhat. It has been observed that as the population becomes better educated in the condition and in general, negative preconceptions also seem to lessen. That is not unique to autism, as special needs individuals across the board have seen a downturn in stigmatization over the years. But the problem is still alarmingly present.
Bullying has been a problem for years. For a child with autism, it can be especially bad since these individuals tend to stand out from their peers. The best way to solve this problem for good is continued education and behavioral support at home and in schools. This helps encourage further understanding and acceptance of people on the autism spectrum.
Autism Therapy and Education Is Available
We know that as amazing as schools are for teaching our children, there are many skills that children on the spectrum are either completely lacking or falling behind on. These can include essential skills, social skills, life skills, and other critical items. That is why we have a library of videos available from Blue Parachute that were each created by Licensed and Certified Behavior Therapists.
Whether you are a teacher, parent, or anyone whose life has been affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, we can help. Our videos are available at subscription pricing, with the ability to change your subscription level. This can help you get the number of videos you want without constantly paying for more than you need.
Click here and sign up now to take full advantage of our library of high-quality, evidence-based resources to help individuals with ASD be set up for success and reach their full potential. Blue Parachute. Easy. Affordable. Life-Changing.