Myth 7 Conversation

“Children with Autism Lack Imagination and Creativity”

The stereotype that people with autism lack imagination or the ability to pretend is so deeply entrenched into the very definition of autism that researchers have set out to discover why this is so. The fact is, most parents and educators will tell you that their autistic child or student shows imagination. The myth is perpetuated mostly by researchers and academics. But the negative impacts are very real – many children with autism aren’t given the same opportunities to be creative in arts and music and most behavioural treatments don’t include open-ended imagination play…because we believe they simply can’t do it. Join the conversation and add your example or upload a drawing or video that illustrates the creativity and imagination that exists in people with autism.