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How Asperger's Syndrome Is Solidly Addressed In the DSM-5 For 2013
Aspberger's Was Not Removed From the DSM-V
(c) 2013; Patty Inglish. Thirty years' work expereince with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Asperger's Syndrome, Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities and related conditions.
The question was asked concerning why Asperger's Syndrome was removed from the DSM-V. The fact is that it has not been removed, but absorbed into ASD; and becuase of that, clients with Asperger's and their families need to be alert for attempts to cut help previously given.
I wrote extensively in 2012 about ASD, Asperger's Syndrome, and the changes proposed by the American Psychiatric Association for the DSM-V with the release date May 2013. This included the link to the association's website for accepting discussion and public suggestions about the proposed changes and even additional changes that individuals thought might benefit the diagnostic manual and those experiencing not only ASD and Aspberger's, but also a range of other conditions. Many people that might have benefited did not take advantage of the opportunity to express an opinion or a suggestion. Many others did so.
My professional opinion is that the changes to number and type of criteria required to be met after May 2013 in order to receive a diagnosis of ASD may eliminate some people that have the diagnosis of ASD or Aspberger's at this time. because a larger number of total criteria must be met in DSM-V than in DSM-IV-TR. Aspberger's Syndrome is categorized in the DSM-V as a part of ASD, as follows:
Quote From February 2012 Article and Explanation
"The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic Manual-V will be completed in 2012 for release in 2013, 20 years after the DSM-IV was first used.The changes have been upsetting to patients and families, as well as some advocates and practitioners.
DSM-V, in process, thus far contains the umbrella category Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It will encompass
- All of autism as we know it aside from Asperger's,
- Asperger's Syndrome,
- Childhood Disintegrative Disorder,
- Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS).
As a separate condition from ASD, the category Social Communication Disorder will appear. Not everyone is comfortable with this."
Some media alarmists have broadcast speculation that 75% of Aspberger's clients will lose their diagnosis and any associated benefits - like additional educational help available for learning disabilities in the classroom and the like. However, many medical and mental health practitioners able to legally diagnose disorders (at least in my state) will see that many Aspberger's clients meet all 4 criteria required in and after May 2013 (up from 3 criteria required in the DSM-IV-TR) and change the previous diagnosis of Aspberger's to ASD. ASD diagnoses still qualify for classroom assistance and other benefits - at least in my state.
The potential problem will be among those in power at the school level that wish to decrease substantial expenditures, paperwork, follow-up (Individual Educational Plans: IEPs) and in that attempt, insist that the student does not meet 4 criteria, but only 3, 2, or even 1. If this insistance is accepted by parents and the student's medical practitioners, then benefits associated with ASD or previously, Aspberger's, will be lost. Parents need to be alert and ready to fight against this trend if it appears.
Parents and Aspberger's Clients: Gather together and address your government officials (as you have done in Oregon - link provided below), school boards, and mental health and medical boards and state that changes in diagnostic procedures in the DSM-V do not change the need for help among Aspberger's clients. Labels and codes may change, but the condition(s) is the same.
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Additional Important Information About ASD
- How to Write a Mental Health Assessment for a Client -- What is a Mental Health Assessment and which professionals can complete it? Too many individuals are ready to accept a shorthand assessment that is incorrect. This includes in cases of the disorders of ASD and Aspberger's.
- Oregon Tackles the 1% Rate for Autism Spectrum Disorder -- The rate of Autism Spectrum Disoders increased inn American children born in 1992, 1994, and 1996. Among parents that are taking action to help children who have ASD, those in Oregon are finding solutions.
- Early Childhood Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder --The American Psychological Association has examined the large body of research behind all the disorders that landed on the new Autism Spectrum published by the Other APA (Psychiatric) in the DSM-V diagnostic manual effective May 2013. Public input was taken into account by the psychiatric professionals. The stricter criteria may cut some people out of a diagnosis, but some experts see it the other way. Regardless, some private citizens may be unhappy with the findings.
OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION
- April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day - Let the Flower Bloom -- Shafallah is the Arabic name for the showy flower of the Caper plants, small shrubs native to the Mediterranean area. Children are our flowers. April 2nd has been designated for a yearly observance of World Autism Awareness Day.
- AUTISM in Films and Controversial Oscar Nominations --The real star of this film is the focus on fears and mental health concerns that those who do not have them wish to avoid. A young man and an old man meet their fears against the backdrop of 9/11, but Autism is the other star of the film.
- Autism Research - Multiple Causes of Autism Spectrum Disorder -- Since 1990, much professional and amateur research has uncovered multiple possible causes.
Dr. Temple Grandin, Autism, and How Animals Make Us Human -- Temple Grandin combines a history of effective teaching skills, maximizing human potentials, industrial design, and cattle ranching to show us how to advocate for individuals with Autism.
- Autism and Growth Hormone in Boys -- Research finds extremely rapid early head growth in infants later diagnosed with autism. The circumference of their heads are also larger than like infants of like age and size without autism. The brain of an autistic is larger and heavier, as is the body. The bones may be noticeably thinner. Blood levels of several hornomes are usually higher.
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