The American Psychiatric Association is updating the current diagnosis requirements for Autism Spectrum Disorders. This update will be completed this year and will be implemented for 2013.
Below is the DSM-5 Development Tool that is used for practitioners to diagnose children on the spectrum.
This seems to be causing some controversy within the industry for parents with children on the spectrum and for those of us that treat these children. The cost of these therapies is a great concern for the governments in North America, and so this is a way for them to try and narrow these requirements for expenditures.