Scary thought. The psychiatric community is changing the the criteria in diagnosing mental disorders, including the autism spectrum disorder. The autism community is freaking out, as the separate diagnoses such as classic autism, asperger's syndrome and PDD-NOS (Dayton's diagnosis) are no longer going to be classified by their "type" of autism, but lumped into one diagnosis: AUTISM. Period.
I'm not quite sure how to feel about this myself. But I know that the diagnosis for PDD-NOS has caused confusion with Dayton's educators. Now that he's diagnosis will be AUTISM, there should be less confusion. Unless of course "they've" made it more difficult to diagnose a child with autism... That's a whole new story.
If you're concerned about you child keeping their diagnosis, make an appointment with your child psychologist and ask him straight out!
Anyways, here's the link for the new DSM V diagnostic manual for the autism spectrum disorder: http://www.dsm5.org/ProposedRevision/Pages/proposedrevision.aspx?rid=94
This revision was approved last week. What are your thoughts? As for us, it seems even though Dayton fits on the higher end of the autism spectrum, he still meets the criteria listed in the new DSM.
Consider yourselves hugged,