American Psychiatric Association could introduce new narrower criteria for autism, which would cause unintentional consequences on the people living with the disorder. These criteria would take two years to be completed but there are concerns.
This new criteria would cause the re-diagnosis of the related disorders, such as Asperger’s syndrome, in which patients have the same struggling life but cannot be treated as the patient of autism.
Dr. James Scully, Medical Director of the American Psychiatric Association said, “The proposed criteria will lead to more accurate diagnosis and will help physicians and therapists design better treatment interventions for children who suffer from autism spectrum disorder.”
However, Tracey Sheriff, chief executive officer of the Autism Society of Carolina, said Friday that thousands of people would lose funds for health, education and social services.
“We want people to live within their communities, in their homes, near their families, just like a life you and I have,” he said.
“Regardless of what we call it, they have needs, and their needs have to be met somehow,” said Nancy LaCross, whose 19-year-old son, Eric, requires in-home care.
Eric was diagnosed on the autism spectrum at age 10 with “pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified” – also known as PDD-NOS.
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