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Pervasive Developmental Disorder


It can be difficult to know at first if a child has a pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). PDDs are a wide spectrum of social and communication disorders, including autism, that can be complicated to diagnose. However, there are acknowledged criteria for determining if a child has a PDD and there are ways to help children with these disorders at an early age. Typically, the symptoms should be recognizable before a child is 3 years old. Although a toddler's behaviors might seem to fit the criteria, they also might just be part of a youngster's developing personality.


What Are PDDs?
Say a 3-year-old likes to play with the same toy over and over. And maybe he doesn't look at people when they talk with him. At preschool, he's just not mixing in with the others.


If a child's behaviors seem to interfere with the establishment of relationships and communication with others, the child should be evaluated for a language disorder or for possible PDD.


PDDs refer to a broader group of neurobiological conditions, known as autistic spectrum disorders, that are characterized by delayed development of communication and social skills.


Perhaps the most noticeable feature of a PDD is a problem with communication, including using and understanding language. Children with these disorders can also have trouble relating to others. They may also exhibit unusual play with toys and other objects, including flicking or shaking toys in nontraditional manners, repetitively spinning toys or parts of toys, and lining up toys instead of playing with them. Children with a PDD tend to lack curiosity about their environments and have difficulty with changes in routines.


It's important to note that all children can exhibit unusual behaviors occasionally, or they can seem shy around others sometimes - without having a PDD. What sets children with PDDs apart is the consistency of their unusual behaviors.
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