By Lisa Ackerman
Since 2011, TACA has been warning families about changes proposed to the diagnostic guide used to detect autism (formerly known as the DSM-IV). The DSM-5 is the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders released at the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting in May 2013. This is a list of all the articles we’ve published since we heard of this change:
A Physician’s Perspective on the Proposed DSM-5 Autism Diagnostic Criteria
Diagnostic Criteria Changes: What your family needs to know
DSM-V Goes Forward: Major shift in diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder approved
We rang the first warning bell in all the autism community in December 2011: http://www.tacanow.org/family-resources/autism-vs-aspergers-syndrome-diagnosis
We participated on sub committees to provide feedback. We asked for a call to action for all parents living with autism so they could voice their opinion.
Sadly, the DSM-5 is a reality. Thanks to Holly at TACA, we have a new article that outlines issues on its implementation for families. We encourage you to please read it and share: The Controversial DSM-5 has been released: How to safeguard your child’s services:
The autism community already faces so many challenges. The announcement of DSM-5 is yet another kick to the gut and a serious hurdle for many families.