One in 36 children is diagnosed with autism in the United States each day according to the CDC. By comparison, worldwide one in 100 is diagnosed. Earlier, in the late 90s, the numbers were around one in 1,000. People generally did not know what it was. To put it simply, autism is a different way of thinking and viewing the world. We’ve encountered some amazing people with a diagnosis throughout the years. So many have incredible strengths. In this podcast episode, we dive into the technical definition of autism as stated in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, fifth edition (DSM-V).
What is Autism and How is it Diagnosed?
Today’s definition differs from what was originally listed in the previous DSM-IV. Currently, we outline it as one big spectrum with three levels of severity. We discuss each level and the criteria for a diagnosis, including behavioral patterns and aspects. We also talk about how to classify autism in terms of behavioral excesses and behavioral deficits. Additionally, our conversation includes a discussion about repetitive behavior and how the approach to programming and goal setting is as unique as the individual learners themselves.
There is no one size fits all approach that will be appropriate for everyone. But often times a diagnosis can get our students the access they need to the individual resources they need to live their best life possible.
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- The three levels according to the DSM-V explained.
- How to classify autism based on behavioral excesses and deficits.
- Learning plans and goals to help students live their best life possible.