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Autism, Giftedness and Myths

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  Do you believe that a child with autism cannot be gifted? Autism can be cured over time? Only doctors can help children regarding autism? As a Ph.D. in Education and a specialist in Special and Inclusive Education, I say no. This is based on my studies and research on Autism Spectrum Disorder - ASD. (Assouline et al., 2008; American Psychiatric Association-APA, 2013; Meleady, et al. 2020; Ministry of Health, 2014; Hirai, et al. 2020; Davidson Institute, 2020, PsychCentral, 2020, among others). It is possible to define autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as a neurodevelopmental disorder with complex genetics, characterized by compromised social communication and repetitive behaviors and interests (Hirai, et al. 2020; Assouline et al., 2008). It is a myth to think that the child with autism cannot also be gifted. There may be cases of children with autism who are also highly skilled in some area (s) of interest. This fact is called double exceptionality, when a child has two types o