With more than 3.5 million Americans living with an autism spectrum disorder, nearly everyone feels its impact. Many states are responding to what is now described as an epidemic by offering more services for children and adults with autism. The law, too, is evolving to meet these new challenges for families, providers and those diagnosed with autism. The first step when an autism diagnosis is suspected is identification and evaluation. Dr. Steven Kachmar introduces you to the facts and figures regarding the evolving definition of autistic spectrum disorder and its prevalence in today’s population. He also shares the latest research on diagnostic tools and their recommended use.
Recorded as part of Autism: Fitting the Pieces Together in March of 2017.