Changes in Criteria For Autism Diagnosis

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Children currently diagnosed with autism may fall off the autism spectrum after the American Psychiatric Association made changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Those affected would also lose their access to vital services.

The DSM, which after the changes will be in its fifth edition, sets the criteria for diagnosing mental illness. It’s used by mental health professionals, insurance companies, schools and even in the legal system.

The changes to the criteria for autism diagnoses will take effect in May and may result in as many as 40-percent of those fitting the current diagnosis for autism being pushed off the spectrum.

Miriam Falco has much more information on these changes and how they could affect thousands of people. Read her article at CNN.

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