It’s Autism Awareness Month if you haven’t heard yet. It’s amazing to me, how much more aware people are about autism than they were only a few years ago. However, there are also a lot of misconceptions about Autism. I’ve updated the Autism page on School Psychologist Files to provide data about Autism. It contains definitions provided in the DSM-IV-TR, the definition of Autism for IDEIA 2004 (to be eligible for special education), tools used to treat Autism and treatment for Autism.
What is Autism?
The features of Autism include markedly impaired social interaction, communication, and a restricted repertoire of activity and interests. To qualify for a diagnosis of Autistic Disorder, there must be evidence of delays in social interaction, language used in social communication, or imaginative play prior to three years of age. A person with Autism may have a range of behavioral symptoms, including hyperactivity, inattention, impulsivity, aggressiveness, self-injurious behaviors, and tempter tantrums. Additionally he or she may be oversensitive or undersensitive to sensory stimuli.
American Psychological Association (2000) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV-TR Fourth Edition (Text Revision) – American Psychiatric Publishing