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High Functioning Individuals Not Excluded from Autism Insurance

Early analysis of proposed definition looks promising for those relying on autism insurance for their therapy.

Are you one of the many families that have been living in fear that they may lose autism therapy insurance. Advocates of autism as well as many health professionals have expressed marked concern that the new deinition of autism will adversely affect many autistics.

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Proposed Definition of Autism Will Not Exclude High Functioning Individuals

The new definition will be anounced and an soon to be released diagnostic manual referred to as DSM-5. Most of the fear was related concerning the definitions limiting the scope a what would be an official autism diagnosis.

The American Occupational Therapy Association has been keeping a good pulse on the situation and writes about the current outlook on thier site http://otconnections.aota.org.

Autism Speaks announced last week that the proposed definition of autism in DSM-5 does not reduce the number of individuals who receive an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. Not only did the vast majority of children in the study diagnosed with autism by the DSM-IV criteria retain their diagnosis with the DSM-5 criteria, but also some children who did not meet the criteria of DSM-IV were “captured” by the new criteria. This gives credence to those who argued that the clarification in the proposed definition will lead to better diagnoses.

The American Occupatonal Therapy Association story can be read in full here.

The Wall Street Journal online also wrote to assuage the fears of parents and caregivers. Shirley Wang give more insight in her article.

One of the main changes, which has yet to be finished, recommends combining several disorders, including Asperger’s syndrome and “pervasive developmental delay not otherwise specified,” with autism into one broad category known as autism-spectrum disorder.

On Sunday, the committee overseeing the changes to the autism criteria announced data from so-called field trials conducted by several academic centers showing that children diagnosed with autism or related disorders using the current criteria almost always received a diagnosis using the proposed new criteria as well.

The concern that children who need services for autism-related symptoms will be denied them because of proposed changes to the autism diagnostic criteria is “not true,” said Dr. Swedo.

View the entire article here.  Then leave us your opinion or let us know if this eases any concerns you have.

We are relieved that the proposed diagnostic criteria for autism doesn’t seem to be a threat to lower the amount  of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.  It would be a tragedy if a child were to lose access to autism therapy insurance.