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What Is Autism?

What Is Autism? from Global Medical Education is a long, informational infographic that covers the symptons, signs, types, treatments and history of diagnosing autism.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is very common. About 1 in 50 school aged children had parent reported ASD in 2011-2012. There have been changes in DSM-5 with the category of Autism Spectrum Disorder being introduced  which includes Autistic disorder, Asperger’s disorder, Rett’s disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder-NOS from DSM-IV. Researchers have studied several important questions in this disorder.

This is a big design with a bunch of good information.  However, I think it’s way too much text for an infographic.  Infographics should make information easier to understand, and most readers won’t stick around to read this much information.  In fact, many readers won’t read any of the information because that much text is intimidating and implies an investment of time and attention by the reader.

The information is fantastic, and should have been broken up into multiple infographics to cover the different topics.  This would make the information easier to digest, and would also spread out links and views to the hosting site over a longer period of time.

Thanks to David for sending in the link!



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Reader Comments (4)

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September 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterarmaandas23
I feel that an entire topic of importance has been completely missed ... GI health. Addressing the Gut-brain relationship has been critical in the care of both my boys. Where is 80+% of our immune system? In the gut. Where are most neurotransmitters created? In the gut. By taking care of the inflammation/infection in the boys' GI (while supporting neuro immune functions), their symptoms have been dramatically decryeasing & their typical behaviors blooming :)
April 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAngela
Thank you for such a helpful infographic for our family. It was great to get so much information all in one place...easy to read and follow. It offered a wide range of information in small doses. The visual set up and short but concise bits of information were perfect. I would not have gotten through a standaed article but this visual display gave me a wide base of info in which to build upon as we begin our journey through our recent diagnosis and subsequent treatment. Thank you.
August 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPJ

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