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DSM-5 and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Implications for Families and Clinicians

Coury, Daniel L. MD

Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics: September 2013 - Volume 34 - Issue 7 - p 494–496
doi: 10.1097/DBP.0b013e31829cac3e

ABSTRACT: Changes in the criteria for autism spectrum disorders in the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, fifth edition (DSM-5), have raised concerns among both professionals and the public. This commentary reviews these changes and their implications for families and clinicians.

Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH.

Address for reprints: Daniel L. Coury, MD, 700 Children's Drive, Timken G-350, Columbus, OH 43205-2696; e-mail:

Disclosure: The author reports the following support: Supported in part by Autism Speaks and by cooperative agreement UA3 MC 11054 through the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Research Program to the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. D. L. Coury has also received grant support from SynapDx Corporation.

Received May 16, 2013

Accepted May 17, 2013

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