Change in diagnostic criteria may reflect overdiagnosis of autism

The fifth Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) comes into effect soon but an Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) study found 23% of children who met the DSM-IV autism criteria would not meet the DSM-5 criteria.

Autism campaigners warned the new diagnosis would affect funding of early intervention programs, but GP advocates urged doctors to remain vigilant.

RACGP child mental health spokesman Dr Michael Fasher said all children who struggled with social communication &ldquo

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