Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDDs), now known as autism spectrum disorder, involves delays in how a child develops, issues with communicating and socializing, unable to adjust to changes in routine, and displaying repetitive behaviors and movements.
What Are the Symptoms of Pervasive Developmental Disorders?
The symptoms of pervasive development disorders include:
- Repeating certain behaviors such as rocking, jumping, twirling, or flapping hands
- Experiencing problems with social interaction and communication
- Avoiding eye contact
- Unable to express their thoughts through words
- Having difficulty keeping up with a conversation
- Having a flat or high-pitched voice
- Unable to control their emotions
Children who fall on this part of the autism spectrum may repeat certain types of action, experience issues with make believe, and show more interest in parts of a toy instead of the actual toy. Children diagnosed with pervasive development disorders need strict schedules and do not like changes made to their routine.
Remember, that since the autism spectrum has a wide range, some people with pervasive development disorders may still be able to live on their own, enroll in school, and have a job. In fact, others may not even realize that they suffer from pervasive development disorders.
On the other hand, others with pervasive development disorders have serve disabilities whereas others find themselves in the middle of the autism spectrum.
What Cases Pervasive Development Disorders?
As of now, researchers know that genetics is one of the factors involved in people developing pervasive development disorders, but many more exist that they have yet to find.
How Do Doctors Diagnose Pervasive Development Disorders?
To diagnose a person with pervasive development disorders, medical professionals will observe them and ask their parents or guardians questions about their behavior, as there is no lab test to diagnose it. If you suspect your child has pervasive development disorders, you need to take them to the doctor, as the key is to find out as earlier as possible so you can obtain all the resources needed for them to reach their full potential.