pervasive developmental disorder and autism spectrum disorder

Rosie - posted on 05/04/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )




can anybody tell me about these disorders and what your experience with them has been. my 10 year old son has recently been diagnosed, and i would like to hear how you help your child, how you deal with it, and what exactly these disorders all entail. thank you!!


JuLeah - posted on 05/04/2010




Pervasive Developmental Disorder ....
Many kids with autistic spectrum disorder also get tagged with PDD.
It means that the autism is more pronounced the kids with Asperger's syndrome but not as severe as the label ‘autistic disorder’ would imply.
So, your child likely experiences difficulty with impaired social interactions.
Your child might experience difficulty with language skills
There might be some repetitive behaviors too
No two kids are exactly alike.
This is not something you ‘cure’ like a cold or flu. It is something you learn to work with, like poor eyesight.
Some parents agree with medication, some parents do not.
Some parents have found an improvement of symptoms by a change in diet, others have not.
Some children benefit from specialized classrooms in which the class size is small and instruction is given on a one-to-one basis.
The thing is for you to become the expert. You are already the expert on your child, become an expert on the label your child has been given.

You will need to be your child’s advocate and you will be moving in a system that, due to budget cuts, will not provide him with what he needs.
You child is entitled to a free and appropriate education – appropriate for him.
Good luck

Ohh, you are not alone. Many kids carry labels such as this. There are some wonderful support groups out there and they have a wealth of information.


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Violet - posted on 11/08/2011




I have a 5-yrs old son with ASD-PDD dx, at first, i'm really shocked and depressed when we got the dx last June 2011, but after the acceptance and a lot of help from our family therapist/advocate and his kindergarten teacher & classmates, I was able to get the right placement for my son, he's in IEP class now and doing fine, even riding a school bus, which before really frightened him, i'm so hopeful for my son. He's having speech & occupational therapy at school and shown a lot of improvement ...i don't consider the diagnosis a tag now, maybe before, because it helped my son got his right education....

Iridescent - posted on 05/04/2010




We have two with Autism. One is 11, and the other is 3. Each is SO different from the other. The best thing I can tell you is to work closely with the occupational therapist (most important therapist of all!), and provide equipment per their recommendations (trampoline in the livingroom, PT ball, etc). It will totally vary based on his needs.

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