“These new guidelines would place an emphasis on preservative and repetitive behaviors – but many children who were originally diagnosed with autism may be reclassified. Ablow said this can leave some people who are still suffering with some of the symptoms or less severe symptoms out in the cold. “If we don’t loosen it a little bit, I suspect that some of these high-functioning kids may actually either get shifted into a different diagnosis,” said Dr. Thomas Frazier.”
There is no mention however of the possible negative impact on low functioning autistic children, those with intellectual disabilities who might be excluded by the DSM5 Autism Spectrum Disorder mandatory criterion A which excludes an autism diagnosis where a person is also intellectually disabled:
A. Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across contexts, not accounted for by general developmental delays, and manifest by all 3 of the following:.....`
Like so many autism experts and professionals the FOX experts are concerned about high functioning autistic persons but not about low functioning autistic persons who remain the invisible autistics abandoned by health care professionals and the mainstream media alike.