Define Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Checklist, & DSM

Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disorder affecting both behavior and communication. If you have behavioral concerns about your child, here’s a checklist of common symptoms of ASD:
  • Diminished eye contact
  • Lack of response to his/her name
  • Indifference to caregivers
  • Becomes easily frustrated
  • Shows aggressive behavior
  • Grows abnormally tired
  • Demonstrates no facial expression
  • Does not speak very often
  • Has trouble maintaining a conversation
  • Talks with an abnormal rhythm or tone and might use a rather cold, robotic speech
  • Repeats terms or phrases
  • Does not express feelings
  • Cannot recognize nonverbal cues like interpreting someone’s tone of voice
  • Likes to line up toys
  • Prefers routines
  • Hates surprise

Changes of the DSM-5 

  • The diagnosis will now be called Autism Spectrum Disorder, and there will be no subdiagnoses.
  • The new diagnostic criteria have been rearranged into 2 sections: 1) social interaction/communication, and 2) restrictive, repetitive behaviors. The diagnosis will be based on symptoms, whether current or by history, in these 2 areas.
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