Aspergers Dropped from DSM

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Aspergers Dropped from DSM
Mon, 12-03-2012 - 4:11pm

The American Psychiatric Assocation voted to drop the Aspergers Syndrome diagnosis from the DSM, instead anyone meeting the criteria will fall under the autism umbrella.  

Catherine Lord, an autism expert at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York who was on the psychiatric group's autism task force, said anyone who met criteria for Asperger's in the old manual would be included in the new diagnosis.

One reason for the change is that some states and school systems don't provide services for children and adults with Asperger's, or provide fewer services than those given an autism diagnosis, she said.

Autism researcher Geraldine Dawson, chief science officer for the advocacy group Autism Speaks, said small studies have suggested the new criteria will be effective. But she said it will be crucial to monitor so that children don't lose services.

How do you feel about this change to the DSM?  Do you think it will affect your child's services they receive?

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Registered: 01-09-2003
Tue, 12-04-2012 - 3:53pm

as a mom to an Asperger's child I have mixed feelings, in the end I think it might help those that are already identified to get services, the bad part is with children trying to get DXed I can see where it might be harder.

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Registered: 02-17-2004
Tue, 12-04-2012 - 10:08pm

Aspergers and HF ASD are used interchangably here.  So in that respect, I doubt there will be much difference.  That being said, DS is HF enough that getting services is extremely difficult and I wonder how the new definition will impact this area.