By Anne Dachel
At a time when parents are seeing a lottery for autism services in UT and other states and when parents are faced with co-pays for services in PA, experts are now saying that kids won’t be losing their diagnoses with the DSM 5 changes.
Two frequently cited experts are Catherine Lord and Fred Volkmar.
In April, 2012, Dr. Catherine Lord (director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain at N.Y.-Presbyterian Hospital and its affiliated medical schools, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medical College) was STILL saying that all the autism everywhere might just be “better detection.”
NY Times HERE
Catherine Lord: “Does the new figure indicate that we are seeing an epidemic of autism, as some have speculated?
“At this point, it’s not clear.
“One possibility is that we are seeing the result of better detection rather than a real surge in autism.”
Dr. Fred Volkmar believes that if anything is behind the increase in autism, it’s “older dads.”
NY Times HERE
Fred Volkmar: “This study provides some of the first solid scientific evidence for a true increase in the condition” of autism, said Dr. Fred R. Volkmar, director of the Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine, who was not involved in the research. “It is extremely well done and the sample meticulously characterized.”
Volkmar and Lord have been in the NY Times endlessly telling us to calm down, autism isn’t an epidemic and denying vaccines are a factor. It’s interesting that in this piece Lord assured us that almost all kids with autism will keep their diagnosis and Volkmar (at the end of the story) cautions that in the real world, that’s not necessarily true. So nice that the Times included Volkmar's warning AT THE END OF THE STORY.
Oct 2, 2012 NY Times: Report Sees Less Impact in New Autism Definition HERE
Proposed changes to the official diagnosis of autism will not reduce the proportion of children found to have it as steeply as many have feared, scientists reported on Tuesday, in an analysis that contradicts several previous studies.
Earlier research had estimated that 45 percent or more of children currently on the “autism spectrum” would not qualify under a new definition now being refined by psychiatric researchers — a finding that generated widespread anxiety among parents who rely on state-financed services for their children. The new report, posted online Tuesday by The American Journal of Psychiatry, concluded that the number who would be excluded is closer to 10 percent….
“What I would say to families worried about the new criteria is that they’re more open-ended than the old ones,” said Catherine Lord, the senior researcher on the study. “So it’s very important to find a clinician who understands them, and who is not rushed when making a diagnosis.”…
The discrepancy between Dr. Lord’s findings and earlier ones may be rooted in the quality of data available, said Dr. Fred Volkmar, director of the Child Study Center at Yale University School of Medicine and senior author of a widely reported study presented early this year, with starkly different results.
“What they report is impressive in scope and magnitude, but it is using meticulously characterized cases with what are probably very experienced clinicians,” Dr. Volkmar said. “The problem is one of moving this to the real world outside of academic centers” where the art of diagnosing varies widely.
This is what the Times is good at.
Don’t worry, there’s no autism epidemic.
Don’t worry, there’s no link to vaccines.
Don’t worry, your child won’t lose their diagnosis.
Don’t worry, there’ll be a place for your adult child with autism—-Oops, that’s the really big lie they haven’t tried yet.
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Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism. Visit her site at AnneDachel.com