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A Pediatric Perspective

DSM-5 Debut

Published May 30, 2013 3:37 PM by Cecilia Cruse

Well, it’s like it or not it’s official. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) was released earlier this month.  This edition has been controversial because of the changes made in the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and what it includes and omits. See my earlier blog on entitled More Updates on the DSM-5 for a recap of the changes.   The US Autism and Asperger’s Association made the statement that they do not support the changes made to the DSM-5 while Autism Speaks published a supporting article from Dr. Stephen Kanne entitled The DSM-5: A Clinician’s Perspective.   Two key support groups with two different perspectives.    Last year with the preliminary changes posted, I informally polled some of my OT friends and colleagues. Those that worked in the schools did not feel that the changes in the definition would affect service provision for their students while clinicians in private practice were not sure yet how the impact would be felt.  Where do you stand on the revised definition of the autism diagnosis that is now in the DSM-5?  


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