Understanding Diagnosis

What's in this issue?

In this issue, we break down the autism diagnosis process through articles which look at its different elements. We have content about the DSM-5, ICD Code, and Gilliam Autism Rating Scale, as well as post-diagnosis pieces supporting families as they move forward. The key message is that, although the word “autism” might seem scary, most autistic people want to make friends, engage with others, and find purpose. They might just have a different way of doing these things. Parents, I urge you to take time to process your child’s diagnosis, but be supportive and ready for the challenge of helping your child reach their full potential on this journey. Enjoy the read.

Featured in this issue:

  • How Does Autism Evaluation Work?
  • Taking the Bite Out of Nail Trimming
  • Solutions for Sensory-Seeking in ASD
  • What is the DSM-5 Criteria for Autism Diagnosis?
  • My Child Has Autism: Am I a Helicopter Parent?
  • Executive Skill Challenges and Solutions for Kids with Autism
  • What is the ICD Code for Autism?
  • Tips for Taking Care of Your Pets
  • Is Autism Diagnosis Meaningless?
  • Sensory Friendly Cinema: Making Movie Magic for ASD Kids
  • It’s Okay to be Different
  • My Child is Autistic…Now What?
  • Autism Warrior: Jennifer Sousa
  • What is the Average Age of Autism Diagnosis?
  • Sponsored: Neurologically Active Probiotics for Autism
  • Dear Zach
  • What’s New on the Bookshelf? Understanding Grey: A Personal Story of Autism and Loss 
  • What is the Gilliam Autism Rating Scale?
  • How to Become a Behavior Intervention Specialist
  • ASD Marketplace: AutiSpark
  • Lessons Learned From Years Gone By
  • Poetry Corner: Curiosity
  • Preparing for Your Family’s Future After Your Death