Experts propose changes to definition of autism

January 23, 2012 5:07:32 AM PST
The New York Times reported psychiatric experts are proposing changes to the definition of autism that would narrow the criteria for diagnosing the condition and related disorders such as Asperger's syndrome.

This could dramatically reduce the number of autism diagnoses, which have skyrocketed in recent years.

It could also mean many children with developmental problems could be denied health, education and social services.