CHAPTER 31

 

PERVASIVE DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS

 

 

 

Children with pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) have impairment of social interaction and communication, along with unusual behavior or interests. Mental retardation is frequently seen. Comprehensive assessment in all functional domains is necessary before overall treatment planning and habilitation can be expected to succeed. Special education, speech and language training, skills training, vocational education, medication, and family education may all be useful. With the exception of Asperger's disorder, parents receive few cues to help them intuitively care for their child. Parent education can replace some of the missing emotional and social feedback ordinarily obtained from a normal ...

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