Pervasive Developmental Disorder
What is Pervasive Developmental Disorder?
Pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) is a diagnostic category which refers to a group of conditions that are characterized by developmental delays in communication and social skills. Types of PDD include: Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder and Rett Syndrome.
What are some symptoms of PDD?
Typical onset of PDD is just before 3 years of age. However, some symptoms may appear during infancy. Symptoms include: problems with language, difficulty understanding language, repetitive behaviors, difficulty with changes in routine and unusual play with toys.
Can treatment help my child?
With appropriate intervention, a child’s quality of life can be greatly improved. Intervention may include occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, behavior therapy, nutritional therapy, social work and/or psychotherapy.
What kind of treatment exists?
Treatment for PDD varies depending on the child but typically includes therapy and possibly mediation to address behavioral issues.
Our Approach at North Shore Pediatric Therapy
At North Shore Pediatric Therapy, we offer a variety of services that are beneficial for children with PDD. These services include: occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, feeding therapy, behavior therapy, nutritional therapy, social work, psychotherapy and neuropsychology. Our therapists work with the child to develop a highly individualized intervention program that specifically targets the child’s goals. They also work directly with the child’s family–providing strategies and advocacy for the family–as they value the importance of a team approach for each client. The goal of our intervention is to help children with PDD develop skills and reach their full potential in all aspects of life.