Archive for February, 2010

What do you think?

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

The American Psychological Association seems to be moving forward with plans to merge the Autistic Disorder, PDD-NOS, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder and Aspergers diagnostic classifications into one category called “Autism Spectrum Disorder” in the new DSM-5. The DSM is the standard by which mental health disorders are diagnosed and differentiated in the United States.
I have worked with students with these disorders for over 20 years. I think the classifications should remain as they are or ideally removed from the DSM entirely- it is not really a “mental disorder”. For example, a child with Childhood Disintegrative Disorder is markedly different from a child with Aspergers syndrome with needs that vary widely. These two disorders have disparate symptoms, onset and prognoses! It would be like saying “We’ll its all cancer, so it makes no difference if it is a brain tumor or a malignant melanoma!” A correct diagnosis can lend itself to the most appropriate treatment in any medical condition. But once again autism is not being treated as the medical condition that it is. Way to go APA.
Check out the link below for more information.

DSM 5 pushes forward in decision to change Aspergers classification

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Virginia Senate passes mandated autism coverage

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

If you live in Virginia and desire ABA insurance coverage for your child with autism, read this article linked below and then get involved! The bill will now go to the house where similar measures have died in committee. Now is the time to contact your legislators! Evidently the bill will not provide coverage to many, but it may be a step in the right direction.