Autism – Coursework Example

Lecturer DSM-5 criteria for defining Autism Controversies have raised all over recently over the changes that have been changed to the diagnosis of Autism from DSM-IV to DSM-v. There have concerns brought out by many families that their children are not no longer going to qualify for the diagnosis and by extension the service that they are depending on for taking care of their children. There are two ways one can use to view the new changes in the criterion for diagnosis. Clinicians believe that with the new definition of Autism, the changes will be a step in helping treatment improvement (Mattila et al. p. 583).
The changes are going to be used as definitive guidelines in mental health disorders diagnosis and thus have a great impact in the insurance coverage as well as treatment of children. The changes were posted after years of research and leading expert’s thoughts into the changes. In the new changes, autism is viewed as a spectrum; in this case, the severity of symptoms will be ranging from mild to debilitating in levels depending on the degree.
Many parents are concerned because they feel that with time, the system may prove itself hard to be used in the treatment as well as in diagnosis of children who are already in the spectrum of autism. Diagnosis such as Asperger’s and PDD –NOS may be hard to receive treatment. Throughout the country, different diagnosis will be given to the same child with different clinicians leading to confusion on the child’s diagnosis for the child and the family (Frazier et al. p. 14).
In conclusion, the purpose of having a standard diagnosis of Autism is to allow all mental health professionals to have a common language when working. Without diagnoses, there would be difficulties for researchers to make a comparison of their results from the study to study. The new DSM-V seems to have more advantages of labelling clients with a diagnosis against the advantages to them of receiving the coverage on healthcare.
Work cited
Frazier, Thomas W. et al. “Validation of Proposed DSM-5 Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 51 (2012): 14 n. pag.
Mattila, Marja Leena et al. “Autism Spectrum Disorders according to DSM-IV-TR and Comparison with DSM-5 Draft Criteria: An Epidemiological Study.” Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 50 (2011): 583–592.