My son was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder.

Shirley - posted on 04/28/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Is there any parent that can relate? I need advice as far as how to approach the situation I'm really overwhelmed by the news.

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Theresa - posted on 04/28/2011

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My son has PDD. He's 12 and was diagnosed at 8. If your child is school aged talk to the school about getting him an IEP (Individual Education Plan) if he doesn't have one already. No 2 PDD kids are the same so I can't give you specifics about how to deal. You need to take some time to find out how your child reacts to different situations to know the best way to handle things with him. My son tends to get very angry and have meltdowns with people. So we've developed a system where he goes to his room for cool off time. After 5-10 minutes I will go talk to him about what's wrong. If he doesn't answer me I leave and give him more time. Talking to him when he's really upset does no good, neither does punishing him if he's at fault for something. He needs the cool off period, then we talk and I deal out a punishment if needed. His teachers each year developed a signal so that if there were issues at school he could give the signal and go to the special ed teacher's room for his cool off period. Do research and try to figure out what works best for your child. It's not the end of the world, it just takes time and patience to figure out your child. Hope that helped.

Anja - posted on 04/28/2011

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First thing to do is take a deep breath. Okay, I'm talking bullshit, my daughter has never had such a diagnosis. But I think that is always a good point to start with, am I right? :) Next thing to do is getting information. I just found this on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pervasive_d...
Maybe that helps a bit, at least to get a better idea of what's going on. The part about diagnosis and care seem interesting. Anyway I'm hugging you!

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