In May 2013, the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) was released. Since 1952, the DSM has provided standard criteria for the diagnosis and identification of myriad disabilities, including dyslexia.

The DSM-V codes are designed to match those of the World Health Organization’s International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) manual, which is the standard for diagnosis in the US.

In an IDA article, Dr. Rosemary Tannock, a member of the DSM-V work group, provides a summary of the changes in the DSM-V that relate to Specific Learning Disabilities. An important difference is the abandonment of the IQ-achievement discrepancy in diagnosis, which has long been challenged as being flawed.

The article is available for download in PDF format below.

DSM-5 Changes in Diagnostic Criteria for Specific Learning Disabilities: What are the Implications?496.13 KB