According to numerous sources, the APA is proposing major changes today to the DSM-V. Asperger’s Disorder is likely to be eliminated, causing a more symptom-driven diagnosis. All autism-related disorders will be placed into a general category known as Autism Spectrum Disorders. “Dimensions” will now differentiate ASD including current language functioning and intellectual level/disability. One possibility is the use of autism – mild/moderate/severe, with Asperger’s being referred to as mild. PDD-NOS and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder will also now be subsumed under ASD.
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