Chapter 5 explores the various neurodevelopmental disorders, along with their causes and treatments. One disorder that underwent the most changes with the publication of the DSM-5 is autism spectrum disorder.
After reading Chapter 5 and the section on autism from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th edition) (DSM-5) consider the American Psychiatric Association’s decision to collapse all of the pervasive developmental disorders (including autism and Asperger’s syndrome) under the larger umbrella of “autism spectrum disorder” in the DSM-5.
In your initial post, address the following:
- What are your thoughts on the DSM-5 changes regarding the pervasive developmental disorders? More specifically, do you agree or disagree with the reclassification of Asperger’s syndrome as level 1, high-functioning autism? Why/why not?
- When it comes to autism, there are many myths. Answer one of the following questions and, in addition, cite from the Chapter 5 reading as well as the DSM-5 to support your responses:
- Do you believe that those diagnosed with autism have special talents and abilities?
- Do you believe that those diagnosed with autism have a lowered IQ or that they experience an intellectual disability?
In your peer responses, engage with at least two individuals who chose different myths than you so you can obtain a broader understanding of this topic. Identify gaps in their reasoning and offer insight into areas they may not have considered.
To complete this assignment, review the Discussion Rubric document.