Proposed Changes in the Definition of Autism?

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Proposed Changes in the Definition of Autism?
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Fri, 01-20-2012 - 7:26pm

Have you heard about the proposed changes in the definition of autism?

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Mon, 01-23-2012 - 10:40am
It's still in the preliminary mode, the American Psychiatric Association is working on updating the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders so it is reviewing the proposed changes.

What really bothers me is the quote:

“The proposed changes would put an end to the autism epidemic,” said Dr. Fred R. Volkmar, director of the Child Study Center at Yale University School of Medicine and an author of the new analysis. “We would nip it in the bud — think of it that way.”

How are they really ending the epidemic other than reducing the number that get "officially diagnosed"? There will still be children on the spectrum that will need help, but might not get it under these changes. This doesn't seem to be progress to me at all.

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Sun, 01-22-2012 - 2:08pm

This worries me.

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Sat, 01-21-2012 - 5:42pm

This really makes me nervious. My son has pddnos. He is in special ed at school. There is no way right now he could handle being in a regular ed class room. Also I am worried about him as an adult. He will need help as an adult getting a job.

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