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Treating Pervasive Developmental Disorder

There is no known cure for pervasive developmental disorder. Medications can be used to address specific behavioral problems; therapy for children with this disorder should be specialized according to need. Some children with pervasive developmental disorder benefit from specialized classrooms in which the class size is small and instruction is given on a one-to-one basis. Others function well in standard special education classes or regular classes with additional support.
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Prognosis With Pervasive Developmental Disorder

Early intervention, including appropriate and specialized educational programs and support services, plays a critical role in improving the outcome of individuals with pervasive developmental disorder. The disorder is not fatal and does not affect normal life expectancy.
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