Tuesday, January 3, 2012

WHAT IS AUTISM? Some Experts Worried Over Revised Autism Guidelines

Some Experts Worried Over Revised Autism Guidelines | Fox News

The New Year hasn’t even started yet, but some parents are already looking ahead to 2013.

In May 2013, the American Psychiatric Association will release a new, revised set of guidelines for diagnosing someone with autism spectrum disorder.

And some experts don’t think this is a good idea.

Dr. Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist and Fox News contributor, said rather than having separate disorders in the autistic “arena,” the association is proposing one name for all such disorders, which include repetitive behavior (autism spectrum disorder, pervasive development disorder-not otherwise specified and Asperger’s).

“They are monkeying with the definition of how severe symptoms must be to fit into a new and broad category called autism spectrum disorder, rather than autism and Asperger’s, et cetera,” Ablow said.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/12/28/some-experts-worried-over-revised-autism-guidelines/#ixzz1iRGx0xmQ

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