Event Title

Misconception About Autism Spectrum Disorder

Presenter Information

Rebecca Zdrojewski

Mentor 1

Celeste Campos-Castillo

Location

Union Wisconsin Room

Start Date

27-4-2018 1:00 PM

Description

Misconceptions about Autism occur regularly and are part of the reality individuals with Autism live daily. Some of these misconceptions have presented themselves through forums and websites on the internet such as social media sites and YouTube. This content analysis assesses the social support that is created through comments on YouTube videos posted by individuals with Autism. Comments are coded into categories such as questioning a diagnosis, seeking information or advice, and checking in based on the nature of the comment. While categorizing the comments on each video a trend of the general population having misconceptions about how Autism presents itself and how it can manifest in each individual with a diagnosis has been highlighted. It is important to examine such comments to evaluate a need for a program to educate the general population on the basics of Autism to change the misconceptions about individuals with a diagnosis. Aside from comments relating to a lack of understanding there has been an overwhelmingly positive display of support for individuals posting videos as well as a critical commentary on the educational system and its deficits relating the individuals with Autism.

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Apr 27th, 1:00 PM

Misconception About Autism Spectrum Disorder

Union Wisconsin Room

Misconceptions about Autism occur regularly and are part of the reality individuals with Autism live daily. Some of these misconceptions have presented themselves through forums and websites on the internet such as social media sites and YouTube. This content analysis assesses the social support that is created through comments on YouTube videos posted by individuals with Autism. Comments are coded into categories such as questioning a diagnosis, seeking information or advice, and checking in based on the nature of the comment. While categorizing the comments on each video a trend of the general population having misconceptions about how Autism presents itself and how it can manifest in each individual with a diagnosis has been highlighted. It is important to examine such comments to evaluate a need for a program to educate the general population on the basics of Autism to change the misconceptions about individuals with a diagnosis. Aside from comments relating to a lack of understanding there has been an overwhelmingly positive display of support for individuals posting videos as well as a critical commentary on the educational system and its deficits relating the individuals with Autism.