The New York Times reported that revamping the definition of autism, by making it more stringent and emphasizing “classical autistic,” or more severe, symptoms, could exclude many people and sharply curtail the trend of rising diagnoses. The symptoms would still remain, obviously, but the categories could shift significantly.
The proposed change would consolidate all three diagnoses under one category, autism spectrum disorder, eliminating Aspergers syndrome and P.D.D.-N.O.S. from the manual.
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