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-- can talk about that certainly well April is autism awareness awareness month.
And despite decades of research the disorder is still surrounded by lot of misconceptions.
Sit here to talk with us about this is doctor Marc Siegel with the medical 18 good morning hours.
One on misconception is that those with autism lack empathy you say that that's not true at all.
That's absolute fiction in fact there was a study in the journal of applied behavioral analysis two years ago.
That autistic kids can learn to express their empathy meaning they already have a lot of it.
But they don't necessarily have the ability socially.
To express it so you can teach in the -- to look forward and other people how to interact in a way that shows compassion that's interest easily can be a learned behavior absolutely regardless of someone -- absolutely it can be but earlier the better the earlier we teach children to act and empathetic where the better and physicians are now screen for that's as young as eighteen months or south so that's -- that I was important.
He say that treatment is beneficial there's no cure but what is the treatment well the tremendous intervention has to do with therapy -- has to -- -- some people believe with changing diet by the way it does that's flowing -- alone gluten has been looked -- not proven scientifically but -- -- earlier.
We teach children to overcome social problems because again autism isn't it is it.
-- there's a problem.
With interacting it's a problem with social cues it's a problem with social skills.
We can teach those teachers now days say that there are a lot more children with autism than their war a generation ago why is that we now.
Well -- we're looking forward more.
That's one thing we don't know how much of it is that would diagnosing more and how much of it is that people -- development it because of something in the environment I autistic people can't communicate is that factor fiction that's actually fiction actually it's a form how they communicate they -- communicate differently other.
-- -- communicate non verbally they may have different ways of curing what they're trying to say again that could also respond to -- so we need to learn how to basically how to read that I can you do sometimes see children in particular -- -- are doing repetitive movements.
Tell us about that does that actually affect I -- that's a very good thing and that's part of what I said before that may be either way.
Children's way of relieving anxiety feeling better about things.
Repetitive behavior like rocking like flapping these are things that we shouldn't try this.
Suppressed because there may actually be a purpose for four and some believe that autistic people have a propensity for violence is there any truth to that we saw that with sandy hook that came out that was so disturbing it's absolutely not true it's such fiction what it is is that artistic.
Kids can actually have what's called meltdowns where they've where they get frustrated and angry but they're much more likely to take on themselves and there's no indication whatsoever that it increases.
Look -- any parent child knows that kids have meltdowns doctor -- -- we're learning so -- about OPEC APEC.
Another day thank you we'll -- up.
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