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Autism Spectrum Conditions and the DSM-V

Limitations in social communication and social interaction including:

  • Challenges  in the to and fro of social-emotional exchanges
  • Restricted awareness and integration of non-verbal communication
  • Difficulty in initiating, developing and maintaining relationships

At least two areas of restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour from:

  • Stereotyped or repetitive speech
  • Excessive dependence upon routine and rituals resulting in excessive resistance to change;
  • Intense and restrictive special interests
  • Sensory sensitivities

Although symptoms may not be fully developed they are present in early childhood and limit day to day functioning.

Link: DSM-V Autism Spectrum Fact Sheet

American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition. Arlington, VA, American Psychiatric Association, 2013.