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Autism diagnosis: interview with Dr Eric London

Dr Eric London is currently the Director of the Autism Treatment Research Laboratory at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities. In this interview he discusses why he feels the diagnosis of autism should change and become more individualised.

Eric kindly agreed to be interviewed for Network Autism when he attended the NAS Professional conference in March this year. We asked him a series of questions, you can view the full interview or clips of the individual questions below.

Full interview

Individual question clips

1. Can you tell us how you first became interested in autism?

2. Can you tell us more about your current work?

3. You have suggested that autism is an umbrella term which is hindering research rather than help it, could you explain this further?

4. How would you like to see diagnosis for autistic people develop and how might this be helpful for autistic people? 

5. Do you think autism should be divided in more precise categories, and if so which ones?

6. How could an alternative diagnosis process become a reality?

Author: Dr Eric London

Date added: 2 August 2016

   

 

Comments

AutismAdvocate

Thu, 18/08/2016 - 13:40

"4. How would you like to see diagnosis for autistic people develop and how might this be helpful for autistic people?"

Dr London has some interesting suggestions, and it may be more likely to happen in the US, but the NHS will never do it!

AutismAdvocate

Thu, 18/08/2016 - 13:44

"6. How could an alternative diagnosis process become a reality?"

Dr London 'hopes the whole world buys in' once the template system is publicised.  The NHS won't be likely to, as stated above.

AutismAdvocate

Thu, 18/08/2016 - 13:46

...and example of what I mean, is that in response to Q4. he mentions (among other things) genetics.  The NHS has an official stance (NICE CG128 and CG142) not to undertake genetic testing as standard and for clinicians to use their expertise to decide if it is warranted.  This system is wide open to abuse and fails people.