Four autism stereotypes that teachers should try to dispel

Increased visibility of autism through characters in film and television is a positive thing, but we must be cautious about believing the stereotypes, says one teacher

Working with students who have autistic spectrum disorders, you quickly learn to abandon any preconceived ideas about what autistic people are like. Their personalities are just as diverse as any group of young people you might encounter.

Yet, when people with autism are represented in TV and film, they are all too often reduced to two-dimensional stereotypes. And while it is positive that characters with autism are becoming more visible — they now seem as ubiquitous as TV programmes about renovating houses — there is a danger that we will fall into the trap of believing the stereotypes.

So, here are four of the most common autism stereotypes that teachers should strive to dispel.

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11th July 2017