PDD is distinguished by impediments in the development of socialization and communication skills. Parents may note symptoms as early as infancy, although the typical age of onset is before 3 years of age. Types of PDD include Autism (See Autism), Asperger's Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and Rett's Syndrome. Children with PDD are represented by a wide range of abilities, intelligence, and behaviors. While there are some children who will not speak at all, many PDD children will only speak in limited phrases or conversations. At the same time, there are some who will experience reasonably normal language development.
Symptoms/Signs of PDD:
Repetitive Play Skills
Limited Social Skills
Unusual Responses to Sensory Information
Problems with Using and Understanding Language
Difficulty Relating to People, Objects, and Events
Unusual Play with Toys and Other Objects
Difficulty with Changes in Routine or Familiar Surroundings
Repetitive Body Movements or Behavior Patterns
BMS Treatment Options for PDD:
Counseling Services for children with PDD should be specialized according to need. Family Outreach is often recommended as intensive, family-centered treatment for PDD in children and adolescents. Although there is no known cure, treatment for PDD may include Medication Management. Prescription drugs are sometimes used to address specific behavioral problems.