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Navigating the Evolution of Autism Terminology: Exploring the Shift from 'Asperger's'

Understanding Why the Term ‘Asperger’s’ Is No Longer Used: By Hope Gillette on December 4, 2023 featuring Dolly Ferraiuolo, LCSW




The Transition Away from 'Asperger's': Unraveling the Change


In the ever-evolving landscape of mental health and neurodiversity, individuals are encouraged to stay informed about changes that impact the way conditions like autism are understood and discussed. A notable shift that has garnered attention is the move away from the term 'Asperger's' within the autism spectrum. This post delves into the reasons behind this change and its implications for individuals on the spectrum. A recent insightful article featuring our owner and therapist, Dolly Ferraiuolo, LCSW provides a comprehensive exploration of the reasons behind the abandonment of the term 'Asperger's.' Readers can find the full article here.


Understanding the Historical Context:


The term 'Asperger's' was historically used to describe a specific subset of individuals within the autism spectrum. However, changes in diagnostic criteria and a desire for more inclusivity led to its elimination from the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). This change aimed to create a more unified and encompassing term: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


Why Does It Matter?


The shift from 'Asperger's' to ASD reflects a broader commitment to recognizing the spectrum's diversity. It emphasizes that each individual's experience is unique and deserves understanding and support tailored to their specific needs. By moving away from a specific label, conversations about neurodiversity are opened up, embracing a more inclusive approach to autism.


In this journey of understanding and evolving perspectives, it's essential to keep pace with changes that impact the mental health community. Exploring the reasons behind the shift from 'Asperger's' provides an opportunity for increased awareness, empathy, and support for those navigating the intricate landscape of autism.


For further insights into this topic, the full article can be found here.


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