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Does Narrowing The Autism Spectrum Hurt Or Help Kids On The Fringe?

Posted by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 10:51 AM
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Does Narrowing The Autism Spectrum Hurt Or Help Kids On The Fringe?

Shayan Forough  goes through Applied Behavior Analysis therapy with his  instructor in Oct. 2008. (AP)

Shayan Forough goes through Applied Behavior Analysis therapy with his instructor in Oct. 2008. (AP)

An expert panel is recommending changing the very definition of Autism that’s currently found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the “bible” of mental health, published by the American Psychiatric Association.

It’s a potentially enormous shift with an equally enormous set of consequences.

Could these proposed changes in the way the disease is diagnosed curtail an epidemic, or deny some children the services they need?

Guests:

  • Ilyse Levine Kanji, committee member, Westborough School Committee
  • Dr. Catherine Lord, director, Institute for Brain Development; task force member, DSM-5
  • Benjamin Nugent, director of creative writing, Southern New Hampshire University; briefly diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome

by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 10:51 AM
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marisab
by on Feb. 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM

 I know it wont effect my son too much because he s classic but i know there is already trouble getting services for some kids like aspies and pddnos so i dont think it well help at all

Kittie26
by on Feb. 9, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I'll be asking about this tomorrow during my transition meeting between EI and ChildFind...

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