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2007-12-11
Name: Editor Have you heard of pervasive developmental disorders? Do you know anyone who suffers from one of them? What other treatment options have you heard of?
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2008-11-22
#1
Name: nw
Subject:  PDD
Hi Durga,
I totally agree how frustrating it is for parents with special need kids and more so when resources are limited.
Intervention at a younger age helps a lot. How old is your child?
Yes, kids with PDD have a hard time learning many things which come naturally to typical kids. That is why, the world has to be brought to them....by this I mean....expose the child to the things around as much as possible. Try to involve him/her in community activities where parent involvement is not a restriction. It will be a good idea to mention your child' s issues to the person in charge of the activities for co-operation.
Most kids with PDD are visual learners. If your child' s strength lies in this area, take advantage of today' s technolgies by using interactive softwares, DVDs to teach various concepts. Also, books with a lot of illustrations help.
If your child has a speech delay, get the help of a speech therapist. the sooner this is done, the better.
If your child has any issues with fine or gross motor skills, he/she will benefit from Occupational Therapy.
Check with your child' s pediatrician for references to such therapists.
If you have any more questions, pls. feel free to ask.
Hang in there and don' t lose hope.
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2008-11-15
#2
Name: Durga
Subject:  PDD
My Son Diagnosed with PDD .
It is hard..I want him to learn so many things (other kids do with ease) and I am trying hard.
and he is learning but very slowly.


I am discouraged by all.
Our community is like that..to keep such child within 4 walls of home.



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2008-02-20
#3
Name: Preeti Dixit
Subject:  My son has Asperger´ s Syndrome
My 4 year old son was recently diagnosed as having Asperger' s Syndrome. We always felt that he was different compared to other kids but we didn' t know why. We thought he was just a difficult child. When he started going to school, however, his problems became even more obvious. Luckily for us, his teacher had done a diploma in special education and immediately realised that something was wrong and asked us to see a child psychologist. She diagnosed our son with Asperger' s Syndrome. In retrospect we realise that he had all the classic symptoms - problems with socialization, communication, motor coordination, sensory integration, obsessive interests and repetetive behaviours. He is undergoing behaviour therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy to address these issues and has made a lot of progress.
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2008-03-13
#4
Name: Saratha
Subject:  ADHD Autistic features
Hi Preeti,
My two year old has just been diagnosed with ADHD (attention-deficit disorder) with autistic fatures. My doc is talking about speech therapy, occupational therapy and all that but since you seem to have already put your kid through these processes I thought I would ask you some details. Where do you live? I am from Chennai. How good are these facilities in India? ´ Cos if required, I would not mind relocating to the US for my child´ s sake. Would be grateful if you can reply.
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2007-12-11
#5
Name: Karan
Subject:  Difficult to diagnose
While reading this article, I was wondering about how difficult it is to diagnose a pervasive development disorder. I lived in the US for a while and had heard of some of these disorders there. I have been living in India for seven years now and have yet to see a single Indian child suffering from a PDD.
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2007-12-11
#6
Name: Neetu
Subject:  You are right
I too have not really heard of any of these disorders. However, considering the attitude towards these disorders, I am not very surprised. People are not very accepting of social disorders as diseases. They would prefer to brand those children as products of bad parenting.
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2007-12-11
#7
Name: Nisha
Subject:  Which doctor?
Which doctor must one go to for diagnosing these disorders? Is it a paediatrician or some other specialist? My sister is worried about her son. He too has not started talking yet even though he is almost two. Could someone please help me out and give me some guidelines so that I can pass them on to her.
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