Psychiatric experts begin reassessing Autism definition

Proposed changes would narrow the criteria for Autism and related disorders, such as Asperger's Syndrome.

Indianapolis

A panel of psychiatric experts is reassessing the definition of Autism.

Proposed changes would narrow the criteria for Autism and related disorders, such as Asperger's Syndrome.

If the definition is changed, it could dramatically reduce the number of diagnoses, which have skyrocketed in recent years. That could mean many children with developmental problems could be denied health, education and social services.

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