Asperger's may be re-labeled on new DSM-V

If some medical experts have their way, Asperger's syndrome will disappear from the official medical manual almost as quickly as it became part of it, The New York Times said.

"It is now a widely recognized diagnosis both in popular culture and among health care and educational providers," said the Disability Scoop, an national online publication that serves the developmental disability community. 

In the revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) to be released in 2012, the diagnosis would be included under the more inclusive category of autism spectrum disorder, The New York Times said.

Individuals with Asperger's are pictured as having extraordinary vocabularies, and typically a limited concept of social pragmatics and low spacial awareness.

In a 2001 New York Times article, a young girl with Asperger's described a pencil with a bouncy elephant head as "prehensile,"meaning adapted for seizing or grasping, for example.

One benefit of this new labeling system would be to help people qualify for state services since people who have traditional autism qualify for certain benefits that people with Asperger's do not, The New York Times said.



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