The Proposed Diagnostic Criteria For Autism Spectrum Disorder In DSM-5

Given the recent debate surrounding the way Autism, Asperger Syndrome, and PDD-NOS will be lumped together in the future DSM-5 – and whether it will exclude youth who require intervention – it is important that parents and advocates become very familiar with the currently proposed diagnostic criteria so that they can make their opinions known. 

Please click here to see the proposed diagnostic criteria in detail as published on the DSM-5 website. Keep in mind that 4 general criteria will all have to be met to receive a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (which will be the only diagnostic category available). These are:

Persistent deficits in social communication

Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, and activities

Symptoms must be present in early childhood

Symptoms together limit and impair everyday functioning

Keep in mind that there will be another opportunity to voice opinions about the new diagnostic criteria this spring – and whose voice matters more than that of a parent? In the meantime, it’s worth your time to get to know the proposed diagnostic criteria and consider how these may (or may not) serve your child’s needs and situation.

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