New Classification System May Explain Rise in Autism Diagnoses

Autism May Have Roots in Impaired Predictive Ability
Autism May Have Roots in Impaired Predictive Ability
Autism spectrum disorder often overlaps with other similar developmental disorders.

A new paper suggests the greater than three-fold increase in autism diagnoses among students in special education programs in the United States is a result of a new classification system.

Scientists at Penn State University believe the large growth in autism diagnoses between 2000 and 2010 is largely due to a reclassification of individuals who previously would have been diagnosed with other intellectual disability disorders.

In a paper that appears online in the American Journal of Medical Genetics, researchers discuss their analysis of 11 years of special-education enrollment data on an average of 6.2 million children per year.

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