DSM-5: Communication Disorders

The DSM-5 has created the following new Communication Disorders diagnoses.


Childhood-onset Fluency Disorder: new name for “stuttering”.

Speech Sound Disorder: new name for “phonological disorder”.

Language Disorder: combines the DSM-IV “expressive” and “mixed receptive-expressive” language disorders.

Social (pragmatic) Communication Disorder: new condition for those with difficulties in the social uses of verbal and non-verbal communication. This is distinguished from Autism Spectrum Disorder, which requires the addition of restricted repetitive behaviors, interests and/or activities.


By Dr. Terra Caudill, MD, MS