Monday Roundup: Autism Diagnosis in Infants and More on the DSM-V Redefinition Controversy

Autism diagnosis continued to generate a lot of news over the weekend.  A few highlights:

From the Los Angeles Times- Early Signs of Autism May be Found in Babies’ Gaze

Shari Rosen, of the LA Times’ Booster Shots blog, reports on brain-imaging research which found that babies who went on to develop autism processed social information differently than other babies from as young as 6 months of age.  This finding could lead to the earlier diagnosis of infants at risk for developing the disorder.  

From the Huffington Post- DSM 5 Will Lower Autism Rates

Allen Francis, professor emeritus at Duke University, weighs in on the potential consequences of a redefinition of autism.  

From the New York Times- Not Diseases, But Categories Of Suffering

Gary Greenberg, an author and psychotherapist, offers his perspective on the evolution and earning potential of the DSM-V.  

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2 Responses to Monday Roundup: Autism Diagnosis in Infants and More on the DSM-V Redefinition Controversy

  1. RHM says:

    All I know is that the earlier they get help, the easier their lives will be. This assumes that there is a parent that accepts the diagnosis and is willing (and able) to do the work necessary for the interventions.

  2. Antonia says:

    You bring up a good point. I wonder how having a child diagnosed in infancy would affect parental experiences. On the one hand, the diagnosis might be harder to accept because the baby’s development still seems typical to the naked eye. On the other hand, parents could be spared the agony of suspecting a problem and then waiting for a diagnosis, and could take comfort in knowing that their child will receive help as early as possible (assuming that infantile interventions are developed and available, which is a big assumption…).

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