Autism or disease mongering?

Maggie Mahar on the AAP’s recommendation to be more vigilant in autism screening:

“The pediatricians are, as far as I’m concerned, going about this a bit impulsively””as very, very few have a clue about what would be appropriate treatment for a child who truly screened positive at, say, 14 months. And the risk of really stressing the child further by exposing him to treatments appropriate for a 2-1/2 to 3-year old are also painful to contemplate. It’s good that awareness of autism is growing, but I’m concerned that this is the wrong kind of awareness.”

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