Saturday, 13 December 2014

Social communication disorder (SCD) reviewed

Sometimes I believe in as many as
six impossible things before breakfast.
A micropost if you will, for today, and a link to a potentially very important paper by Lauren Swineford and colleagues [1] (open-access) talking about the diagnostic concept: social (pragmatic) communication disorder (SCD) and it's various crossings with language impairments and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

SCD, as I've indicated in other posts (see here and see here) is something that the autism community in particular, is going to be hearing a lot more about in the coming years, derived from the latest DSM-5 schedule.

Just one choice quote to offer from the Swineford paper: "Evidence of SCD was provided in the DSM-5 field trials, which indicated that a decrease in DSM-IV ASD diagnoses was accounted for by movement to SCD diagnostic category." Yes, it appears that this is already happening...

Some music then... Johnny Marr - Getting Away With It.

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[1] Swineford LB. et al. Social (pragmatic) communication disorder: a research review of this new DSM-5 diagnostic category. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders 2014, 6:41.

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ResearchBlogging.org Swineford, L., Thurm, A., Baird, G., Wetherby, A., & Swedo, S. (2014). Social (pragmatic) communication disorder: a research review of this new DSM-5 diagnostic category Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 6 (1) DOI: 10.1186/1866-1955-6-41