Graduate School
Mar 11

BSC Autism Annotation Program: Expert Workshops Series

  • Dates
    Monday, March 11, 2013 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Location
    The Evelyn Rome Tabas & Daniel Tabas Auditorium 610 West 112th Street, New York NY, 10025
  • Contact
    Esperanza Olivo / 212-875-4467 /
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Event Description

Catherine Lord, PhD

Where did the New DSM-5 Criteria Come From &Where Will It Take Us?

THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) were first discussed in 1999, when key leaders of the American Psychiatric Association and the National Institute of Mental Health decided to work together on expanding the scientific basis for psychiatric diagnosis and classification.

This presentation will discuss how autism is currently being diagnosed and the various factors that have made diagnosing Autism more challenging. Social, behavioral and communication challenges and the characteristics that are often associated with individuals having ASD, will be defined and explained in the context of daily living (specifically in the home and school environment).

The importance of evidence-based treatments and access to various Types of services meant to improve quality of life for individuals with ASD will be highlighted.

The presentation will explain why it is necessary to revise the DSM IV-TR criteria and discuss the process through which the new criteria for DSM5 Neurodevelopmental Disorders have been developed. Clinical, political and scientific questions about the criteria will be outlined. Research that contributed to the development of the criteria and that occurs subsequent to the first drafts of the Autism Spectrum Disorders criteria will be addressed.

Strategies that concerned families and service providers may use to decrease confusion and possible misuse of the new criteria will be provided. 

Catherine Lord, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain, a joint project of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College, Columbia University Medical Center and New York Collaborates for Autism.

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