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Ever since the American Psychiatric Association announced that they’re reviewing the definition of autism, women on the iVillage message boards have been voicing their discontent…and their worst fears. A more rigid definition of autism could push their children off the spectrum, resulting in the loss of support they need at school.
“It seems to me like what they're doing is … if they can't figure out why the [autism] rates are skyrocketing and do something about it, they'll just change the criteria and get the numbers down by excluding people instead. Two of my kids have PDD-NOS and according to this, 85% of kids with that diagnosis would no longer be eligible for services. That terrifies me. ”
“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.”
“My DS [dear son] is high functioning and has recently been diagnosed with autistic disorder in October. We are in the process of his IEP [individualized education program], and I'm worried that services won't be available to him if his diagnosis doesn't stand. Will everyone with a diagnosis have to be re-evaluated?”
“This really makes me nervous. My son has PPD-NOS. He is in special-ed at school. There is no way right now he could handle being in a regular-ed class room.”
“I guess I better dust off my homeschooling books, because it's already been well established that my children can't make it in a classroom without autism support.”
If you’re a parent of a child on the autism spectrum, visit the Autism , Asperger’s & PDD-NOS board and let us know how a redefinition would affect your family.
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