Studies estimate that from 3 to 25 percent of children with autism lose their diagnosis. Some wonder: did those who recover really have autism at the outset? Were they truly free from autistic symptoms? What separates those who lose their diagnosis from those who don't? Explore this controversial topic.
Diagnosis and autism
Have you struggled to find a mental health provider with experience in autism? Some child psychiatrists say providers need more training in ASD.
Now that the world is becoming familiar with autism and its symptoms, many adults are finding autism-like traits in themselves and others and wondering where, how, and if they should get a professional diagnosis.
Autism may not be as rare in girls as once believed. Some girls appear to have less severe symptoms than boys, and to be better able to mask social challenges at school. According to research by IAN and others, girls with milder forms of autism are diagnosed later than boys, possibly delaying intervention. Some may not be diagnosed at all.
Sarah, 12, arrived in a psychiatric unit wearing a helmet to protect her when she banged her head. She frequently hit, bit herself, and refused to eat. She couldn't communicate. Previous hospital and residential treatment stays failed to help her. Was the potent mix of puberty and her severe autism to blame?
Who hasn't felt the disapproving stares of others when their child with autism was acting differently? Those glares convey the shame, disappointment or rejection that societies around the globe attach to autism. What does stigma mean for people?
Dr. Ami Klin, director of the Marcus Autism Center, is one of the top researchers studying the first signs of autism in infants and toddlers. In this recorded webinar, Dr. Klin discusses the challenges and solutions for the early diagnosis of ASD and the critical role of early diagnosis and intervention in improving the symptoms of autism.
Noted autism researcher Dr. Wendy Chung responds to frequently asked questions about autism spectrum disorder and the state of autism science research. Dr. Chung gave a recent TED talk on autism.
The definition and diagnostic criteria for "autism spectrum disorder" from the American psychiatric diagnosis manual published in 2013.
For years autism was seen as primarily a male disorder. But some researchers are asking whether girls with ASD are going undiagnosed, especially those at the high-functioning end of the spectrum? Do girls simply do a better job masking their symptoms? Are their symptoms being missed by diagnostic tools that may be better suited to boys? As researcher John N. Constantino M.D. put it, are doctors looking at girls through "boy-colored glasses"?