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    This week’s New England Journal of Medicine features a historical perspective on autism, marking the 70th anniversary of psychiatrist Leo Kanner’s 1943 description of the disorder. “This year's revision of the diagnostic criteria for autism is among the most More...
New research documents differences as well as similarities in the brain activity of children with Asperger syndrome and those with other types of autism. The study appears this week in the open-access journal BMC Medicine. The findings may have implications on how best to help those with Asperger More...
Autism Speaks is pleased to provide the full-text of the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the related diagnosis of social communication disorder (SCD), as they appear in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). As of May More...
This is a blog post by Stephen Kanne, PhD, executive director of the University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. The Thompson Center is a proud member of the Autism Speaks, Autism Treatment Network. Dr. Kanne serves as Co-PI on the Autism Speaks-ATN grant. More...
The new edition of psychiatry’s “bible” remains crucial for diagnosis and treatment; but it also needs constant updates with research on the underlying causes of mental disorders Psychiatrist Herb Pardes, M.D., is the executive vice chairman for the Board of NewYork-Presbyterian More...
On May 18th, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) released a new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM.  The DSM is the standard reference that healthcare providers use to diagnose mental and behavioral conditions. The new version is referred More...
Dear friends, At its annual meeting this weekend, the American Psychiatric Association released the long-anticipated fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Clinicians across the United States and much of the world use DSM to diagnose neuro- More...
Autism Speaks wants to ensure that all who need autism services continue to receive them; please take our survey Share Your Experience with DSM-5 Evaluation for Autism If you or your child have been evaluated using DSM-5 criteria, take our survey here. If you are a clinician or educator More...
The fifth edition of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) will be released by the American Psychiatric Association this weekend. The new edition introduces two fundamental changes in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. First it collapses previously distinct autism More...
American Psychiatric Association approves DSM-5 changes; autism advocates call for further study  Autism experts and families have long been concerned about inconsistencies in how clinicians diagnose autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Though U.S. doctors and therapists use the same checklist More...