Autism Diagnosis Using Web-Tool Brings Faster Results

A new highly-accurate web-based tool designed by researchers at Harvard University has the potential for reducing the complexity and time of the diagnostic process for ASD.

A new highly-accurate web-based tool designed by researchers at Harvard University has the potential for reducing the complexity and time of the diagnostic process for ASD.



Autism Redefined: New Diagnostic Criteria More Restrictive

Getting an autism diagnosis could be more difficult in 2013 when a revised diagnostic definition goes into effect.

The proposed changes may affect the proportion of individuals who qualify for a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, according to preliminary data presented by Yale School of Medicine researchers at a meeting of the Icelandic Medical Association.

The proposed changes to the diagnostic definition would be published in the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).”

“Given the potential implications of these findings for service eligibility, our findings offer important information for consideration by the task force finalizing DSM-5 diagnostic criteria,” said Yale Child Study Center (CSC) director Fred Volkmar, M.D., who conducted the study with CSC colleagues Brian Reichow and James McPartland