10 Things NOT to Say to Someone with Autism

Hi, I’m Angela, I have a husband with bipolar 2 disorder, my kids have ADHD, and I myself have struggled with depression—YOU’RE NOT ALONE! This week’s mental health tips are 10 things NOT to say to someone with Autism.

  1. YOU can’t be autistic, you seem so normal.
  2. Do you take any medications to help that?
  3. Autism? Oh, it’s totally from mercury in vaccines. That’s why I’m never vaccinating my I wouldn’t want them to end up with autism.
  4. I mean, we’re all a little autistic, right?
  5. I’m so sorry! It must be awful.
  6. Stop using autism as an excuse!
  7. Your habits are really annoying. It’s actually embarrassing.
  8. You must be amazing at math or music!
  9. You’re married?

When you aren’t walking in someone else’s shoes, it’s easy to something that’s hurtful, even when you’re trying to be helpful. So let’s be thoughtful and remember what it says in Proverbs 16:23


Intelligent people think before they speak; what they say is then more persuasive. Proverbs 16:23 (GNT)


If you or a family member has an autism diagnosis, what would you add to the list? Comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

Special Notes:

I am so grateful to Licensed Mental Health Counselor Joshua Moore https://neurofeedbackcare.com/  who helped me with information for this series as well as the amazing website www.autismspeaks.org

Recommended Reading for Kids and Parents:

The Asperkid’s (Secret) Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-So-Obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens with Asperger Syndrome

Autism Empowerment

Spectrum Life Magazine

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