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Study Says New Autism Criteria Will Have Limited Impact

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A new autism study suggests that proposed changes to autism diagnosis criteria will affect 10 percent of children that have already been diagnosed with autism. The proposed changes to autism diagnosis, which were developed by a panel of experts appointed by the American Psychiatric Parents, are scheduled to be implemented in May 2013.

Parents around the country had cause for concern after previous research revealed that the proposed changes would affect 45 percent of children currently diagnosed with autism. The changes could leave certain kids ineligible for the care that they receive under the current autism diagnosis criteria. 

The study looked at 4,453 children that have been diagnosed with autism. They found that 91 percent of them would still be diagnosed under the proposed changes. Many out of the remaining 9 percent likely would still qualify with added input from their doctor. The study was published October 1 in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

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