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Just ask for the chief child abuser.
1) The Workgroup is considering a change in DSM-V that would replace the Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) category with the title “Autism Spectrum Disorders” (ASD). The change would utilize a SINGLE DIAGNOSIS for the disorders currently entitled: Autism, PDD-NOS and Asperger disorder. Several factors support making this change:
A single spectrum better reflects the pathology and symptoms.
Separation of ASD from typical development is reliable and valid, while separation of disorders within the spectrum is variable and inconsistent.
Individuals with autism, PDD-NOS or Asperger disorder often are diagnosed by severity, rather than unique, separate criteria defining the three diagnoses.