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Treatment for Pervasive Developmental Disorder

Pervasive developmental disorder is a group of disorders that result in delay of development of socialisation and communication skills. There is no specific cure for this disorder. Specialised tailor made programs give very good results. Read on to know more on the treatment options.

Pervasive developmental disorder refers to a group of disorders, symptoms of which include delays in the development of socialisation and communication skills. Although this disorder may come to light anytime up to the age of three years in a child, in many children its symptoms appear as early as infancy. 

For treating pervasive developmental disorder there are a number of treatment options available. These include therapy, specialised education, social support, and medications. Instead of using these treatment options in isolation most doctors use a combination of these to meet the specific needs of a child.

Types of Pervasive Developmental Disorder

Autism is the most common type of pervasive developmental disorder. Its symptoms include impaired social interaction, communication skills and a limited range of activities and interests. Other types of pervasive developmental disorder include:

Although all these conditions have more or less the same symptoms, they differ in terms of when the symptoms start, how severe they are, how fast they appear and its exact nature.

Treatment for Pervasive Developmental Disorder

There is no single permanent cure for pervasive developmental disorder. However, most people suffering from this condition respond extremely well to specialised, structured programs made to suit their specific needs. Another important factor is timely treatment- early treatment is very essential to stimulate development in such children.

Before deciding in on any one treatment option parents of a child suffering from this disorder must gather all information regarding the treatment options available to them. Internet is a storehouse of information which can be effectively used to learn about this disorder. Participating in online forums is another channel to get to know and meet other people who may be already managing this disorder. There are many specialised schools with skilled teachers equipped to handle students suffering from this condition. It would be worthwhile to visit such schools to ascertain the kind of educational program and support it offers for children with special needs. 

Treatment for this disorder is prescribed based upon the severity of symptoms and the special needs of a child. Some of the options that are available to treat pervasive developmental disorder include:

  • Therapy
  • Social support
  • Specialised education
  • Medication

Early education is one of the simplest and easiest options available to majority of such children to help them cope with the condition and at the same time learn new skills. The goals of most educational programs are to help a child overcome some of the severe symptoms of this disorder. For example in children with speech problem the programs will concentrate on teaching them skills which will engage and motivate them to talk, interact, play, learn, and care for some of their basic needs. Most experts agree that behavioural intervention or structured teaching of skills is the most effective way of treating a person suffering from pervasive developmental disorder.

It is best for children suffering from this condition to go in for early treatment. Specialised educational programs and support services if introduced at the initial stage itself can have an immense impact on the child suffering from this disorder. This disorder is not fatal or life threatening. It has no bearing on normal life expectancy. Timely intervention and support from caregivers can go a long way in children suffering from this disorder cope with its symptoms.

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One of the best doctors for diagnosing and treating PDD/ASD of all types is Dr. Fernando Miranda of Bright Minds Institute. He has been doing this for about ten years now. BMI offers three great assets to any parent worried about the learning capabilities of a son or daughter:

1. customized EEG with more electrodes, in the right places, to measure language, learning and thus development barriers (if any)

2. proprietary BEAM database to compare your child to "normal" children in his or her age group, developed by Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston

3. A world-renowned neurologist Dr. Miranda to interpret the results and recommend further testing, make a proper diagnosis, and recommend treatment and therapy options

Full disclosure, I work for BMI. However, from what I see we generally have very good results. And I agree with the editor, the earlier you catch and treat these symptoms and root causes, the better! We test and treat babies from as young as age 1. Finally, we are seeking a partner organization in India in order to bring our medical approach to the country so people do not have to fly to the USA. We would love to hear from anyone with connections back home.

Namaste, and happy parenting!
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