Discuss the research evidence that underpin the revisions made to the diagnostic criteria of autism in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)-V.
There are three main cognitive explanations of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). These are impaired ‘theory of mind’, ‘central coherence’, and ‘executive function’ skills. Critically evaluate how these three domains of cognitive skills might be related to each other and contribute to the observed cognitive, communicative and behavioural difficulties in ASD.
Define Autism Spectrum Disorder and drawing on research evidence explain how and why raising a child with autism may affect parent’s psychological well-being.