The study has some significant holes.
I was just going to post the same thing and see if anybody else here is concerned. It seems to me like what they're doing is that if they can't figure out why the rates are skyrocketing and do something about it, they'll just change the criteria and get the numbers down by excluding people instead. Problem is that changing the label on all those kids doesn't change their needs. All those kids are going to get screwed out of badly needed services in the process. It is so backwards! Two of my kids have PDD-NOS and according to this article, 85% of kids with that diagnosis would not longer be eligible for services. That terrifies me. I don't know if by "services" they mean special education services and IEPs in the school system - both of my kids have IEPs and receive various services at school and have benefitted tremendously from them. According to our dev. ped., at age 9, if the kids don't have a specific dx (autism), the school can no longer have them on an IEP. My oldest turns 9 in February - he would flounder in school without the accommodations and services he receives through his IEP. We have worked so hard to give him every opportunity to be successful and reach his maximum potential - it kills me to think that could all be taken away because of this new definition. He hasn't changed but because these people feel the need to give the illusion that the autism epidemic is under control, his services will. Infuriating!
I agree that's what it sounds like they are doing. They then can say see less kids are autistic now see its not as big of a problem it was made out to be. In the mean time those kids like my son who is 14 and has pddnos and he will not longer be eligible for services and wow he was magical cured as well. I have no idea what is going to happen but right now my son is in middle school and