Facing Autism in New Brunswick: DSM5 ASD Criterion D: No Clinically Signifcant Impairment in Current Functioning = No Autism

The DSM5 is certainly open to criticism; particularly in its combining of the pervasive developmental disorders into one Autism Spectrum Disorder ignoring the very large numbers of persons with DSM-IV Autistic Disorder who also suffer from Intellectual Disability.  One point which did make sense in the Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnostic criteria though is the one ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism Severity: Verbal Communication Doesn’t Count? Crows Say Otherwise!

Photos by Harold L Doherty One of the more irrational features in some autism discussions is the claim that being non verbal is not a significant indicator of autism severity.  Anyone who thinks that  verbal communication is not a significant factor in daily functioning is fooling themselves.   Communication is important for humans as it ...