21 doctors weighed in:
Is autism overdiagnosed?
21 doctors weighed in

Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
13 doctors agree
In brief: It can be
I have several kids in my practice that carried the ASD (autism spectrum disorder) label while young were really just late talkers and have gone on to function well.
Part of the difficulty is created by the lack of a definitive test (like a broken leg on x ray) and the need schools have to label a child in some way to justify the special tutoring or instruction they receive.

In brief: It can be
I have several kids in my practice that carried the ASD (autism spectrum disorder) label while young were really just late talkers and have gone on to function well.
Part of the difficulty is created by the lack of a definitive test (like a broken leg on x ray) and the need schools have to label a child in some way to justify the special tutoring or instruction they receive.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree
In brief: ILL vs error?
The facts are that autism diagnosis is up 78 percent from 2002 and 23 percent from 2006 - a very big deal.
However, lets think about whether this is because we can detect more kids with autism or whether more illness exists today. Highly recommend the article below on this question. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/director/2012/autism-prevalence-more-affected-or-more-detected.shtml.

In brief: ILL vs error?
The facts are that autism diagnosis is up 78 percent from 2002 and 23 percent from 2006 - a very big deal.
However, lets think about whether this is because we can detect more kids with autism or whether more illness exists today. Highly recommend the article below on this question. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/director/2012/autism-prevalence-more-affected-or-more-detected.shtml.
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
5 doctors agree
In brief: In the middle
By definition, symptoms of autism appear before age 3.
Some toddlers with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders or with mood/behavior problems & strong family history of bipolar disorder exhibit autistic behaviors at that age that do not persist.I've also seen older children previously diagnosed with asperger's syndrome who actually have primary mental illness. Monitoring development over time is key.

In brief: In the middle
By definition, symptoms of autism appear before age 3.
Some toddlers with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders or with mood/behavior problems & strong family history of bipolar disorder exhibit autistic behaviors at that age that do not persist.I've also seen older children previously diagnosed with asperger's syndrome who actually have primary mental illness. Monitoring development over time is key.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Not at all
Most recent published data 1/88 kids 1/254 girls 1/54 boys.

In brief: Not at all
Most recent published data 1/88 kids 1/254 girls 1/54 boys.
Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
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Dr. Frank Gaskill
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
4 doctors agree
In brief: Autism
No! it's underdiagnosed.
Find a psychologist who knows the ados and can complete a thorough developmental evaluation. Here is dr. Barcott who does these early evals. http://youtu.be/yclcpo-siis.

In brief: Autism
No! it's underdiagnosed.
Find a psychologist who knows the ados and can complete a thorough developmental evaluation. Here is dr. Barcott who does these early evals. http://youtu.be/yclcpo-siis.
Dr. Frank Gaskill
Dr. Frank Gaskill
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Dr. Frank Gaskill
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes and no
We are better able to recognize it earlier on and so the numbers are on the rise.
Here is an overview of one version of the spectrum. http://youtu.be/xg1ngp1ngds.

In brief: Yes and no
We are better able to recognize it earlier on and so the numbers are on the rise.
Here is an overview of one version of the spectrum. http://youtu.be/xg1ngp1ngds.
Dr. Frank Gaskill
Dr. Frank Gaskill
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