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What is Autism?
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a condition that affects a person in various ways. It is a life changing disorder that affects a person's social skills, the functioning of the brain and several skills. A person diagnosed with ASD will also be affected by some possible issues that impair the quality of their life. Since this disorder is located on a spectrum, it means that each individual will be affected differently and subjected to varying levels of intensity. This is just the tip of the iceberg! Learn more on this website!
 

 

What is PDD?

What is PDD? PDD or pervasive developmental disorder is a term first used in the 1980's to describe five types of social disorders: Autistic disorder, Asperger's disorder, Childhood disintegrative disorder, PDD-Nos (pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified) and Rett's disorder. What is common amongst all five is impairment in social interaction and communication skills.

Ask two physicians and you will probably have two different answers to the question: "What is PDD?" The problem is some will refer to PDD and PDD-Nos as the same. PDD-Nos is often diagnosed when the criteria is not met for the other four disorders but the individual has PDD symptoms.


Childhood disintegrative disorder is the rarest of the five. Children will have a normal development for the first two to three years of life and then will regress in different areas such as communication, social and motor skills. This will occur before the child turns 10 years of age.

Asperger's disorder is often hard to diagnose as many individuals with Aspergers syndrome have a high IQ. People with Aspergers have problems with social skills along with a limited range of interests.

Rett's disorder occurs primarily in females. Normal development occurs for the first 6-18 months and then regression occurs. Problems often occur in walking and moving (motor skills). Individuals with Rett's often will wiggle their hands and maybe gestures.

The most common of the pervasive developmental disorders is Autistic disorder. Individual with Autism will range from mild to severe in behavior, communication and social aspects.

The last of the five disorders is PDD-Nos (pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified). PDD-Nos is often diagnosed when the criteria is not met with the other four PDD disorders. Individuals with PDD-Nos display traits of mild Autism. Some professionals consider PDD-Nos to be mild Autism. There is a fine line between Autism and PDD-Nos.

If your physician has inferred that he suspects that your child has a pervasive developmental disorder, make sure that you ask them: "What is PDD?" This will give you their definition as to what PDD is. You can always get more then one opinion.

Getting an early diagnosis is important in the development of your child. If you feel that your child has PDD symptoms, it is very important to act immediately as there are waiting lists for professionals such as occupational and behavior therapists.

If you wish to learn more about the symptoms that doctors use to diagnose someone with Autism, I encourage you to visit the page called: Autism Symptoms.




Recommended Autism sites:

Autism Today

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