Unit Two: Using Media to Develop your Understanding of Autism

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Using Media to Deepen Your Understanding of Autism

In this unit, you will use a variety of media to deepen your understanding of Autism. The media used in this unit will focus on common myths associated with Autism spectrum disorder.

Common Myths About Autism

Statistics show that the number of people being diagnosed with autism is increasing, so it is only natural that questions and myths about the disorder will arise. A common myth about people with autism is that they have a low IQ as well. It is true that sometimes autism can be associated with an intellectual disability, but this is not always the case. In the video you will watch, it is apparent that this young boy with autism puts this myth to shame. Some other common myths are that autism is the result of unemotional parents, individuals with autism are dangerous, and that there is a cure for the disorder. In the article you will read, you will learn the truth behind these myths and will know the facts.

Unit Learning Objectives

After this unit, you will be able to:

  • List several common myths about autism
  • Explain the truth behind these myths and present the facts
  • Determine if your beliefs about autism before beginning this course were a myth or fact.
  • Discuss common myths about autism amongst your peers

Activities with Media

Step 1: Watch the following video: Autism: What You Ought to Know.

Step 2: Read the following article on 10 Myths About Autism.


DISCUSSION: Using the following guidelines, participate in the course discussion (in the discussion tab) by answering the following questions:

Before beginning this course, you probably had your own beliefs about autism. Did any of these beliefs turn out to be a myth? If so, which ones? Discuss any myths you may have had about autism with your peers. Discuss what you have learned about these myths by watching the video and reading the article.

Guidelines for Discussion:
  • Your initial post must be a minimum of 250 words.
  • Respond to at least 3 of your peer's posts with a minimum of 100 words. Your responses should be thoughtful and offer much more than "I agree"
  • Respond to those who have responded to you.

When you are finished, please go to Unit Three: Strategies for Working with Students with Autism

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