Lisa - posted on 06/06/2012 ( 101 moms have responded )
Quoting from a site discussing the upcoming changes to the DSM:
"Most significant for people in the autism community will be the removal of two existing autism spectrum diagnoses - PDD-NOS and Asperger syndrome - from the manual."
I have mixed feelings about this. As we are just in the process of getting our son diagnosed (1 meeting left until it is official), we are being warned by all the doctors and psychologists not to get used to the term, Asperger's Syndrome. Yet, I feel it is more specific than just saying that he is on the autism spectrum. So, I'm wondering how other parents feel about this. My son is so hyper verbal, you can rarely get a word in and he's been reading since he was 3.5 years old. So, when I tell a relative or friend that he has high functioning autism, they are very confused. Most people who don't have autism in the family think only of classic autism. But, Asperger Syndrome is so much more specific and since he has every defining characteristic, I can tell them to look it up and then they understand.
I'm not sure why this change is being made but I think it will ultimately hurt people like my son.
How do you all feel?