Asperger's Coming Out of Our Ears: Making Sense of a Modern Epidemic

@inproceedings{Stiefel2008AspergersCO,
  title={Asperger's Coming Out of Our Ears: Making Sense of a Modern Epidemic},
  author={Ingeborg Stiefel and Alexandra Shields and Michelle A. Swain and Waverney R. Innes},
  year={2008}
}
Asperger's syndrome (AS) as a diagnostic category has gained enormous popularity and the label is being applied with increasing liberality. While greater awareness of the disorder may be of advantage to certain children and their families, we argue that the over-inclusive use of the diagnosis may also lead to professional conflicts and ethical dilemmas. Perhaps most concerning of these is that diagnostic 'generosity' may exclude children from treatments they would have received if an… CONTINUE READING