Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)
Asperger syndrome and autism are two examples of a pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). In children with PDD, there is a delay in socialization and communication skills. For example, some of the most common symptoms include:
- Problems with using and understanding language
- Difficulty relating to people, objects, and events
- Repetitive body movements or behavior patterns.
About 40 percent of children with PDD do not talk at all. Early intervention and specialized education are key components in treating any type of pervasive developmental disorder.
(Click Pervasive Developmental Disorder for a more thorough discussion on PDD. This article offers a detailed list of symptoms, discusses prognosis, and describes specific treatment options that can help your child succeed.)