The impact of changing the definition of Autism
Posted: January 25, 2012 in General Autism News
According to a recent Calgary Herald article, the definition of Autism could change in the coming months:
An expert panel appointed by the American Psychiatric Association has proposed new criteria for the definition of autism as part of its work to revise the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the first major updating since 1994. The D.S.M., as it’s widely known, is the standard reference used by clinicians and researchers to diagnose and classify mental-health disorders worldwide.
The effects of such a change could be far-reaching, but opinions are mixed about whether this is a positive or negative move. Read the article for a more in-depth examination of this issue.