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INFORMATION

What Characterizes Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)?

  • Delays in the development of socialization and communication skills
  • Onset before age 3
  • Difficulty understanding and using language
  • Difficulty relating to people
  • Inappropriate or unusual use of toys or objects
  • Difficulty adjusting to changes in routines. Preference for sameness
  • Repetitive body movements
  • What Characterizes Asperger's Syndrome (AS)?
  • Neurobiological disorder named after Viennese physician, Hans Asperger who first wrote about the disorder in 1944
  • Marked deficits in social skills
  • Preference for sameness in routines and in the environment
  • Pre-occupation with a particular area of interest
  • Hypersensitivities to sounds, smells, tastes, textures
  • Normal IQ with some individuals demonstrating exceptional skills in certain areas
  • Difficulty using language for social reasons
  • Literal understanding of language
  • Lack empathy and understanding
  • Difficulty understanding non-verbal social cues
  • May be inattentive and distractable

What Characterizes Childhood Disintegrative Disorder(CDD)?

  • Occurs in children 3-4 years of age who have developed normally up to age 2
  • Over a period of time, perhaps months, the child shows a deterioration in the following developmental milestones: 1)social skills 2)expressive and receptive language 3)Motor skill development 4)Bowel and Bladder function 5)Play skills 6)Spoken language

What Characterizes Rett's Disorder(RD)?

  • Rare disorder of the nervous system
  • Most often effects girls
  • Normal development until 5 months of age, then head growth slows down and child loses purposeful hand movements

Symptoms include: Hypotonia(floppy arms and legs); impaired language development; apraxia; shaky gait while walking; epileptic seizures loss of normal sleep patterns; learning difficulties and gastrointestinal difficulties

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