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DSM, What?

If you know what DSM-V means, then you’re a lot more informed than I was when I first stepped into the world of autism. So the debate about the proposed changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)┬ámay be a little more than you can digest right now. But we think it’s important for parents to understand how this change may affect their child. And it certainly affects the diagnosis your child will receive after May 2013.

Quick primer on the DSM

  • It’s the manual used by clinicians to diagnose mental health conditions.
  • It establishes the criteria for an autism diagnosis, medically.
  • There used to be many diagnoses that fell under the Autism Spectrum Disorders umbrella – Asperger Syndrome, Autism, PDD-NOS, etc.

Simply, the proposed changes to the DSM will collect all of these diagnoses into one called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). There is much more detail involved, including core deficits within defined categories which qualify an individual for an ASD diagnosis. Those details are explained here.

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