What are some of the revisions to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)?
There are several revisions to the DSM-5, issued by the American Psychiatric Institute in May 2013. One revision eliminates pervasive development disorder and its sub-categories, and creates a category of "autism spectrum disorder" with varying degrees of severity. A second change in the new edition is the move from "expressive language disorder" and "mixed receptive-expressive language disorder" under communication disorders to "language disorder," "speech sound disorder, "childhood-onset fluency disorder," "social (pragmatic) communication disorder," and "unspecified communication disorder."
Another important change is the definition of "specific learning disability." The DSM-5 combines diagnoses that were separate in DSM-IV (i.e., reading disorder, disorder of written expression, mathematics disorder, and learning disorder not otherwise specified.)
To read more about these changes see the complete chart of changes relevant to speech-language pathology treatment, an article from the ASHA Leader, and an ASHAsphere blog post.
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