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DSM-5: Criteria For Diagnostic Analysis

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The changes that I noticed immediately in the DSM-5 were those regarding criteria for diagnosis. I always knew there were certain behaviors that must be exhibited in order for a student to receive a diagnosis of autism or any of the subcategories of ASD like Asperger’s Syndrome or PDD-NOS. However, the new DSM-5 only offers a diagnosis of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), and language and communication criteria are now under the headings of social behavior and restricted activities. The DSM-5 is easier to understand because there are fewer categories and clearer explanations of behaviors that may be present in the child. It is also important to note that the DSM focuses primarily on social impairments and stereotyped activities, whereas IDEA’s definition includes how those behaviors affect the student academically. That is important to keep in mind because many of the…show more content…
Regardless of the changes made to the DSM, I will still continue to accommodate any student with ASD in my classroom in the same ways that I have in the past. I will continue to take the time to know my students with ASD personally, learn their interests, alert them to any changes beforehand, communicate with their parents regularly, and encourage and support them so that they are able to find success in my classroom both socially and academically. Furthermore, I will continue to respect the differences that they bring to my class and assist them in the capacity that is recommended for where they fall on the spectrum, whether that is calming him or her when overwhelmed or simply giving reminders about eye contact when talking with
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