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 Pediatric/General Physician diagnoses Pdd by performing a physical examination and blood tests.
HOW IS PDD TREATED?
Certain behavioral problems associated with PDD can be addressed through medication. Some children with PDD may require specialized classrooms where instructions are given on a one-one basis.
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.