Anne Barbano's The Next Frontier

Title: Quality Control In Autism
Guest: Catherine Lord Ph.D.
Recorded on: 08/09/2012

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'Is it your contention that people once diagnosed with autism can lose the diagnosis of autism?' That's exactly the kind of conversation Dr. Catherine 'Cathy' Lord, Ph.D. and I had on the DSM5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) coming out in May 2013. Dr. Lord, Director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell and Columbia is renowned for her work in longitudinal studies of social and communicative development in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). She helped develop standardized instruments for ASD, now considered the gold standard for research diagnoses all over the world. In a time when there is a lot of talk and apprehension on what will happen once the new manual is used to diagnose autism, I think this is a very important conversation.