In May 2013, changes were published to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), the main worldwide assessment tool for diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The full impact of the changes is still unknown but there were significant changes to the diagnostic categories and diagnostic criteria.
To read more, a factsheet has been prepared: What will be the impact of DSM 5?
Evidence Based Practice
ASD is a lifelong condition. Most individuals will require varying degrees of support throughout their lives. The supports are unique to the needs and age of the individual. Such supports work on the areas that can best support the person to fulfil and maximise their potential.
Using evidence based interventions and supports are important ensure to the success of the programs as these interventions have been researched and have shown positive outcomes. Fact sheet: Autism and Evidence Based Practice explains the evidence based approach.