Quick Guide to DSM-5 Criteria

DSM - Diagnostic and Statistical Manual - is a manual that provides a common language for clinicians, patients, and researchers to relay information about symptoms and diagnoses. The fifth edition of the Manual is knowns as DSM-V

The criteria were revised to increase the accuracy of clinical diagnosis and to allow experts to include their inputs on various symptoms seen in individuals they had previously evaluated.

Key Changes in the Criteria:

Introduction of the classification of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Elimination of separate categories under the overarching ASD heading such as Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, or PDD-NOS.

The ambit of restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities, has now been expanded to include abnormalities in sensory processing.

DSM-V features an efficient way of gathering information on the level of language, IQ, adaptive skills, loss of skills, and other medical issues.

According to the new criteria, the onset of symptoms should be present in the early developmental period.

At Stepping Stones, we emphasize acquiring new and appropriate behaviors while also working on helping the child achieve age appropriate milestones. We utilize evidence-based practices to treat and educate individuals diagnosed across various areas of developmental and learning difficulties.

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