PDD or pervasive developmental disorders refers to a group of five disorders that are characterized by delays in the development of multiple basic functions like socialization and communication. The disorders classified as PDD are atypical autism, autism, Asperger syndrome, Rett syndrome and childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD). Common symptoms are:
• Difficulty in using and understanding language
• Difficulty in relating to people, events and objects
• Unusual play with toys and other objects
• Difficulty in adjusting to changes in routine
• Difficulty in regulating behavior
• Repetitive body movements
HOW IS PDD DIAGNOSED?
A pediatrician would identify these symptoms and conduct complete blood tests with behavioural assessments, scans and other related tests to.
HOW IS PDD TREATED?
There is no known cure for PDD. Medications are used to address specific behavioral problems, therapy for children with PDD should be specialized according to need. Some children with PDD benefit from specialized classrooms in which the class size is small and instruction is given on a one-to-one basis. Others function well in standard special education classes or regular classes with additional support.
DID YOU KNOW?
Early intervention including appropriate and specialized educational programs and support services plays a critical role in improving the outcome of individuals with PDD. PDD is not fatal and does not affect normal life expectancy.