Worldwide Increase In Autism Diagnoses May Be Attributed To Diagnostic Substitution

The Wall Street Journal (9/17, McGinty, Subscription Publication) “The Numbers Column” reports that according to a study published online July 22 in the American Journal of Medical Genetics, the global increase in youngsters diagnosed with autism may be attributed to diagnostic substitution, not to an actual increase in actual autism cases. In other words, more children may now be correctly diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder instead of another disability or condition.

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— “‘Diagnostic Substitution’ Drives Autism Spike,” Jo Craven McGinty, Wall Street Journal, September 16, 2015.

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