Let's inventory some of the labels that may be ascribed to a child who is A Little Bit Autistic. There are the medical terms:
- Developmental Coordination Disorder
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Mixed Expressive/Receptive Language Disorder
- Communication Disorder
- "Autistic like"
- A Little Bit Autistic :-)
"Subclinical AS Symptoms"
Where to start.
In March, I blogged about the February 2008 summit in conjunction with the DSM-V "Neurodevelopmental Workgroup." Now, the April 2009 report has been published, and it is quite provocative, in this bloggers opinion. Unless I'm missing something, notably absent are "asperger's" and "PDD-NOS."
With respect to PDD-NOS, I say "good riddance", but asperger's? The reasoning appears to be that the asperger's/HFA differential diagnosis has little integrity. Anecdotally, spectrum bloggers often identify as "spectrum" or "autism" rather than "asperger's" or "HFA" for this very reason.
In the place of autism, asperger's and PDD-NOS are:
- Most Severe ASD
- Moderately Severe ASD
- Less Severe ASD
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"Subclinical AS Symptoms." Learn it. Love it.