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Old 09-04-2012, 12:15 AM   #16
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Based on the diagnostic criteria of DSM-IV, a child cannot be diagnosed with Asperger's if there has been a significant speech delay. Personally, I would question any doctor or psychologist that is unaware of this criteria. A child with a speech delay should have a PDD-NOS diagnosis if that child does not qualify for an autism diagnosis. All three disorders fall under autism spectrum disorders. I don't mean to sound like I am splitting hairs, but the wrong diagnosis can affect qualification for services.

Under DSM-V this may not matter since the disorders will likely be Autism Spectrum Disorders. I know it is just a label, but sometimes the label matters.
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