Autism Spectrum Disorder: Past, Present, and Future This paper describes recent changes to the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013) that may affect AAC service availability to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Social Communication Disorder, a new diagnostic category. In addition, it provides a summary ... Article
Article  |   October 2013
Autism Spectrum Disorder: Past, Present, and Future
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  • Pat Mirenda
    Department of Education and Counselling, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BCCanada
  • Disclosure: Financial: Pat Mirenda is a professor in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology and Special Education at the University of British Columbia and Director of the Centre of Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA). Nonfinancial: Pat Mirenda has previously published in this subject area.
    Disclosure: Financial: Pat Mirenda is a professor in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology and Special Education at the University of British Columbia and Director of the Centre of Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA). Nonfinancial: Pat Mirenda has previously published in this subject area.×
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Article   |   October 2013
Autism Spectrum Disorder: Past, Present, and Future
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, October 2013, Vol. 22, 131-138. doi:10.1044/aac22.3.131
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, October 2013, Vol. 22, 131-138. doi:10.1044/aac22.3.131
Abstract

This paper describes recent changes to the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013) that may affect AAC service availability to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Social Communication Disorder, a new diagnostic category. In addition, it provides a summary of research on the proportion of individuals with ASD who do not develop functional speech and, thus, rely on AAC. Finally, it emphasizes the importance of conventional literacy instruction for this population, with specific attention to the need to provide alternatives to handwriting, based on recent research.

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