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Question?: What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder

Betty asks…

How will Asperger syndrome and PDD be Diagnosed in the future once the definition is Changed?

I heard that instead of 3 being diagnosed with High Functioning Autism (aspergers syndrome), PDD-NOS and Autistic disorder there will only be one type
but, what if the child have mild symptoms of Autism just like Aspergers, how will they be diagnosed? How will Aspergers syndrome and PDD-NOS be diagnosed differently under the dsm-5 if they have symptoms of an autism Spectrum disorder?

admin answers:

Actually there are currently 5 subtypes…also childhood disintegrative disorder and retts

instead of labeling by subtype–they will just use one label for all groups

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Must meet criteria A, B, C, and D:

A. Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across contexts, not accounted for by general developmental delays, and manifest by all 3 of the following:

1. Deficits in social-emotional reciprocity; ranging from abnormal social approach and failure of normal back and forth conversation through reduced sharing of interests, emotions, and affect and response to total lack of initiation of social interaction,

2. Deficits in nonverbal communicative behaviors used for social interaction; ranging from poorly integrated- verbal and nonverbal communication, through abnormalities in eye contact and body-language, or deficits in understanding and use of nonverbal communication, to total lack of facial expression or gestures.

3. Deficits in developing and maintaining relationships, appropriate to developmental level (beyond those with caregivers); ranging from difficulties adjusting behavior to suit different social contexts through difficulties in sharing imaginative play and in making friends to an apparent absence of interest in people

B. Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities as manifested by at least two of the following:

1. Stereotyped or repetitive speech, motor movements, or use of objects; (such as simple motor stereotypies, echolalia, repetitive use of objects, or idiosyncratic phrases).

2. Excessive adherence to routines, ritualized patterns of verbal or nonverbal behavior, or excessive resistance to change; (such as motoric rituals, insistence on same route or food, repetitive questioning or extreme distress at small changes).

3. Highly restricted, fixated interests that are abnormal in intensity or focus; (such as strong attachment to or preoccupation with unusual objects, excessively circumscribed or perseverative interests).

4. Hyper-or hypo-reactivity to sensory input or unusual interest in sensory aspects of environment; (such as apparent indifference to pain/heat/cold, adverse response to specific sounds or textures, excessive smelling or touching of objects, fascination with lights or spinning objects).

C. Symptoms must be present in early childhood (but may not become fully manifest until social demands exceed limited capacities)

D. Symptoms together limit and impair everyday functioning.

Aspergers and PDDNOS CAN fit into this definition….instead of listing different types—there will just be one type…they won’t be diagnosed differently.

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Question?: What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder

Laura asks…

How will Asperger syndrome and PDD be Diagnosed in the future once the definition is Changed?

I heard that instead of 3 being diagnosed with High Functioning Autism (aspergers syndrome), PDD-NOS and Autistic disorder there will only be one type
but, what if the child have mild symptoms of Autism just like Aspergers, how will they be diagnosed? How will Aspergers syndrome and PDD-NOS be diagnosed differently under the dsm-5 if they have symptoms of an autism Spectrum disorder?

admin answers:

The proposal would have 3 levels of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The mildest level would probably include many people with PDD-NOS and Aspergers Syndrome. The moderate level and more severe level would probably be more classic autism. The different levels would refer to the amount of support needed at school, at home, or in the community.

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Question?: Pdd Symptoms

Carol asks…

Does anyone else with an autistic child have issues with them not wanting to write in school?

My son is 7 years old and in the 2nd grade. He has mild symptoms of autism and is over average in all his classes. Lately, his teacher has struggled with getting him to write in his journal, he doesn’t like to write longer than one sentence. Is this a normal symptom of autism? Anyone else have this problem? Any advice on how to coach him on writing?

admin answers:

I can’t understand why mcc has all those thumbs down when the answer is correct, yes its a lack of theory of mind.

Mild autism, high functioning autism, asperger’s syndrome, provincial autism, autistic features, and PDD.NOS are all used interchangeably to describe someone mildly on the autistic spectrum.

My son is in first grade and is 7 years old, he has a dx of PDD.NOS or autistic features. Yes, he struggles with journal writing. We have accomodations in his IEP for this. During journal writing, he can either scribe, or someone prompts him. You could get the journal topic early and do pre-teaching. They remember everything so that won’t be a problem, or you could try to get a 1:1 during journaling time to prompt him. For him to be the most independent, try the pre-teaching first. It is very difficult to retrieve complete thoughts that are related and flow. My son has severe pragmatic issues and writing thoughts that are related is super difficult without prompting. My son has to journal what he did over the weekend. We go over it in the car on the way to school. So I ask him what did you do? He will say watch tv. Ok what did you watch? Have you seen it before? Was it good? Did you eat while watching it? Where did you watch it? With this prompting, he can go into school and write: I watched spiderman I on DVD on Friday night in my room. I ate popcorn. It is a good movie.

Another ex. What did you do? Went to a party. Whose party? Where was it at? What did you eat? I try to tell my son to go through all the
“wh-” questions and answer them when writing. If we don’t rehearse it though, he will write I went to a party. Cake pool present. With rehearsing he can write: I went to a pool party. It is my friend Jonathan. He is 7. We had cake. He opened his presents. He got a car.

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