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Active, Independent Older Adults Using Cell Phone Texting Reminders
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Editor's E-Note
Mental health professionals understand the power of a DSM diagnosis. They know it often open doors to treatment eligibility and helps clients qualify for certain programs and other kinds of assistance. The DSM is far from perfect, but it remains the primary tool that clinicians use to codify myriad mental health conditions.

That is why the research findings discussed in this month’s E-News Exclusive are important ones for children with Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families. Autism-like behaviors are often difficult to differentiate from repetitive behaviors, communication difficulties, and other cognitive delays associated with intellectual disability. But new findings from a longitudinal study confirm that the DSM can be used to accurately identify ASD in children with Down syndrome.

Read more about this positive development for thousands of children and their families affected by these conditions.

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— Marianne Mallon, editor
E-News Exclusive
New Findings Validate Accuracy of Autism Diagnosis in Children With Down Syndrome

New findings from a 16-year study confirm that the DSM, the gold standard for the classification of mental health conditions, can be used to accurately identify autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children with Down syndrome (DS), according to research from the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Previously, the diagnosis of autism in children with DS has been questioned because of the presence of cognitive impairments in these individuals, despite estimates that 10% to 15% of children with DS are affected by both disorders. Autism-like behaviors are often difficult to differentiate from repetitive behaviors, communication difficulties, and other cognitive delays associated with intellectual disability. Because of these challenges, physicians often hesitate to diagnose ASD in children with DS, leaving them unable to receive important therapy and educational services.

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