This e-newsletter provides obstetricians, pediatricians, and nurses with links to the latest research on ways to understand and to help children and adults on the autism spectrum. Please feel free to send us your comments and feedback to: ClinicalResearchInAutism@autism.com.
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Steve Edelson, Ph.D. and Lenny Schafer
Recent CDC Study on the New DSM-V
Criteria for Diagnosing Individuals on
the Autism Spectrum
Research on last year's publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) has shown that the new guidelines for autism spectrum disorder have already begun to impact individuals on the spectrum.
A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control evaluated over 6,500 eight-year old children from 14 monitoring sites. The findings, published in JAMA Psychiatry, indicated that almost 20% of those children who met the criteria on the previous version of the DSM (DSM-IV-TR) for autism would not meet the new DSM-V criteria.
For more information on this recent finding, visit:
Autism Cases May Drop Under new Diagnostic Criteria
Autism Diagnosis Change "Results in Loss of Treatment"
One potential solution to help better define "autism spectrum disorder" is to categorize this heterogeneous population into subtypes. A recent study published in Pediatrics and conducted at Harvard Medical School's Center for Biomedical Informatics documented several subgroups of autism. In addition, the Autism Research Institute recently launched an online survey to determine subtypes of autism. For parents who are interested in completing the online survey, please visit www.AutismResearchSurvey.com.