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Doctors want to redefine autism; parents worried

Doctors want to redefine autism; parents worried

By LINDSEY TANNER
The Associated Press

Published Apr 5, 2012 03:59PM MDT

Chicago • One child doesn’t talk, rocks rhythmically back and forth and stares at clothes spinning in the dryer. Another has no trouble talking but is obsessed with trains, methodically naming every station in his state.
Autistic kids like these hate change, but a big one is looming.
For the first time in nearly two decades, experts want to rewrite the definition of autism. Some parents fear that if the definition is narrowed, their children may lose out on special therapies.
For years, differ...

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