What is Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder in the DSM-5?

In the new DSM-5: Autism has been separated from social communication by the new diagnosis of SCD: . In this diagnosis, “SCD is characterized by a persistent difficulty with verbal and nonverbal communication that cannot be explained by low cognitive ability. Symptoms include difficulty in the acquisition and use of spoken and written language as well as problems with inappropriate responses in conversation. The disorder limits effective communication, social relationships, academic achievement, or occupational performance. Symptoms must be present in early childhood even if they are not recognized until later when speech, language, or communication demands exceed abilities.”

I treat advanced social skills in children, teens and young adults that are high functioning. They most likely would be better suited by this diagnosis rather than Autism.

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