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New Study: Autism Overdiagnosed? Possibly, Because Many Children Seem To “Outgrow” It

This study underscores the need for parents to learn about the symptoms of disorders that frequently co-occur with autism, such as learning problems and anxiety, in order to judge a child’s level of risk for increasing severity of the autism itself.  Worth reading for details if your child is or may be on the ASD spectrum. –MentalHealthMomBlog

Andrew W. Zimmerman, MD. and team set out to determine what the relationship might be between co-occurring conditions and changes in ASD diagnoses. They gathered information from the National Survey of Children’s Health 2007, and found that those who still had a diagnosis of ASD tended to have either severe or moderate learning disability or developmental delays, compared to those whose initial ASD diagnosis was changed when they got older. The authors were comparing children who had had a diagnosis of ASD at age 3 to 5 years with the same children when they were older who still had an ASD diagnosis, and those who did not.

This study underscores the need for parents to learn about the symptoms of disorders that frequently co-occur with autism, such as learning problems and anxiety, in order to judge a child’s level of risk for increasing severity of the autism itself.  Worth reading for details if your child is or may be on the ASD spectrum.

via Autism Overdiagnosed? Possibly, Because Many Children Seem To “Outgrow” It.

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