A New Definition of Autism

A NEW DEFINITION OF AUTISM COULD DRAMATICALLY REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE DIAGNOSED WITH THE DISORDER AND COULD CUT FUNDING FOR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND GOVERNMENT SUPPORT. EXPERTS AT THE AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION ARE REVISE ING THE DEFINITION OF AUTISM, MAKING IT MORE DIFFICULT TO QUALIFY FOR THE CONDITION. UNDER CURRENT CRITERIA, PATIENTS MUST EXHIBIT 6 OF 12 BEHAVIOR. THE NEW CRITERIA WOULD REQUIRE PATIENTS TO SHOW THREE DEFICITS IN SOCIAL INTERACTION AND COMMUNICATION AND TWO REPETITIVE BEHAVIORS.

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