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Old 04-07-2012, 09:06 AM
Location: Kansas
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I just came across an article in the newspaper this morning about redefining autism so I thought I would make this post to make sure everyone was aware. I know that with my child with Down syndrome, they are constantly chipping away at funding and even though he is low-functioning he could lose services with an "improvement" the state is trying to make. If you have a child with special needs, you got to really stay aware of what is happening because once they get it done, it is hard to reverse any of these winning-not decisions. So good or bad, I don't really know. So, here is the link:Doctors want to redefine autism; parents worried
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:56 AM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I've read a lot about this subject and it seems saving money is a big goal. If I had a special needs child I would be up on somebody's face about this.
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Old 04-07-2012, 11:11 AM
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The fact is that the DSMIV is out of date and this needs to be done. The problem, of course, is with how they do this and what the effects will be.

Here is a balanced article about it including a study that was done to see what would happen (there are flaws, but that's normal)

CRACKING THE ENIGMA: How will DSM 5 affect autism rates?

McPartland et al. effectively use DSM IV diagnoses as the standard against which to judge DSM 5. In the original trial 20 years ago, these would have been judged against DSM III. Inevitably the outcomes are slightly different, but who is to say which is better or worse? Swedo et al. make precisely this point, arguing that the true "gold standard" is expert clinical opinion. Or, to put it another way, we know it when we see it. An admission, perhaps, that autism defies definition.
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:35 PM
Location: Las Vegas
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I'm still not to clear on the changes, or how it will affect people. To my understanding they want to include Aspergers and PDD-NOS under the ASD lable with Autism. ( Which I thought they were already doing? ) and I am thinking they wish to categorize those in the spectrum in a continuum of severity from mild to severe. I am confused, keep reading different things.

If that is the case I dont see why people are worried? Kids are not losing a diagnosis, they are just going to receive more clarity on the severity of the disorder for that particular child.oh well Im still confused
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