Diagnostic Classification for the Clinician
This book is about autism—its diagnosis and assessment. Diagnosis means many things, from simply assigning a name or label, to a statement of all aspects relevant to the management of a case. As the title of this chapter suggests, it addresses only the issue of diagnosis in its narrowest sense: the affixing of a label or name which groups together all children with the disorder and states in what way they all resemble each other and can be differentiated from both normal and other types of exceptional children. Furthermore, this chapter is concerned only with the principles and problems of diagnosis in general as a preparation for Part II of this book, which discusses at length the various diagnostic approaches to autism itself. However, to keep this review as germane as possible, the term autism is used to illustrate several major points.
KeywordsAutistic Child Child Psychiatry Scarlet Fever Premature Closure Maternal Deprivation
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