Child Care Industry News July 25, 2017 |®
Child Care Industry News
July 25, 2017
Welcome, this week important information about changes to the diagnostic criteria Autism Spectrum Disorder and how to build the perfect prop box.
Changes to diagnostic criteria in the DSM-5
This article was written by Victoria Gibbs a psychologist with Carers Connection.

It's important to be aware of the changes to the diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and how you would go about getting an assessment and diagnosis of ASD for a child.

The previous Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) known as the DSM-IV TR classified Autism into three different diagnoses – Autistic Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS).

However, in the development of the DSM-5, the American Psychiatric Association reviewed the current research and concluded that there was no evidence to support the continuation of this categorisation into three separate conditions.
Prop boxes
Tools for extending and empowering dramatic play
Early childhood education and care providers are very familiar with interest centres and learning corners and their importance in early childhood classrooms. The dramatic/imaginary play centre, in particular, offers children unique opportunities to try on roles, make choices, verbally and symbolically interact with other children, solve problems creatively, and develop responsibility in caring for the tools in their community of young learners.

Dramatic play offers children the potential to experiment, develop knowledge and experiment with their environment and the world more broadly and how they interact with their world.
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