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Pervasive Developmental Disorder Treatment

Options for treating pervasive developmental disorder include therapy, specialized education, social support, and medications. In many cases, a combination of these approaches best meets a child's specific needs. Treatment options also vary according to the type of disorder a person has. Most professionals agree that early treatment can improve the outcome of individuals with the condition.

Pervasive Developmental Disorder Treatment: An Overview

While there is no known cure for pervasive developmental disorder, one thing most professionals agree on is that early treatment is important; another is that most individuals with the condition respond well to highly structured, specialized programs.
Before you make decisions on your child's treatment for pervasive developmental disorder, it's best to gather information about the options available. Learn as much as you can, look at all the options, and make your decision based on your child's needs. You may want to visit public schools in your area to see the type of program they offer for special-needs children.
The treatment your doctor recommends will depend on the type of pervasive developmental disorder your child has and his or her needs.
Options to treat pervasive developmental disorder can include:
  • Therapy
  • Specialized education
  • Social support
  • Medications.

Education and Treatment for Pervasive Developmental Disorder

Early and intensive education can help children with the condition grow and learn new skills. The goal of these efforts is to help with the more difficult symptoms of pervasive developmental disorder in a child and to improve the child's skills that help him or her talk, interact, play, learn, and care for his or her needs.
Medicines can relieve symptoms and are helpful for some people, but structured teaching of skills (often called behavioral intervention) is currently the most effective treatment for pervasive developmental disorder.
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