Watch: Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh on the New Autism DX Guidelines

Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) shares her thoughts on the new autism diagnosis guidelines scheduled for publication in the DSM-5 (May 2013). Instead of having three separate autism diagnoses, there will now be an overarching autism spectrum diagnosis with levels of severity.

This controversial change may leave some more mildly-affected individuals without an official diagnosis will providing access to services for others that were limited by a PDD-NOS or Asperger’s Syndrome diagnosis.

Learn more about the history of autism diagnostic criteria: History of Autism in the DSM: DSM-I to DSM-IV.

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  1. The mother of my son threw our 4month old son on the concrete floor.
    I looked after him till I was asked to leave when her new boyfriend was released from prison. He was 12 when he told his school that he wanted to kill himself (he was now being physically abused at home). The mother a professional carer then let 3 men move into for protection.
    It was now obvious that his stange behaviour was Autisme and he has been thus diagnosed. Shame he now sweeps floors as his iq is 135 and he was bilingual aged 4. Its so helped him. Thanks.


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