What is pervasive developmental disorder?

Pervasive developmental disorder includes several disabilities. Another name that is sometimes used is autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The disorders in this category include:


·Pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS)

·Asperger’s disorder

·Rett syndrome

·Childhood degenerative disorder (CDD)

What symptoms could my child have?

Your child may have several of these symptoms. The most common problems are social difficulties. Problems may range from mild to severe:

·Problems with interacting with others

·Problems speaking

·Problems understanding what others say

·The need to adhere to rigid routines

·Poor social and play skills

·Repeating the same behavior over and over

What is the treatment for ASD?

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta offers therapy services provided by qualified clinicians that can help your child in many ways. Although there is no cure for ASD, therapy can help your child learn to control many of the symptoms.

Your child’s doctor will talk with you about specific treatment for your child. Some general guidelines may include:

·Speech language therapy to work on:

-Language and communication skills

-Social skills

·Occupational therapists can address:

-Daily needs such as bathing, dressing and grooming.

-Sensory integration to help your child adapt to school and work better.

·Physical therapists can help treat movement and coordination issues such as:

-Toe walking

-Decreased body tone

·Audiology can help if your child also has a hearing loss.

Our goal is to help your child be successful in his or her daily life and with interactions with others.

Helpful websites:
Autism Society of America
Georgia Chapter of the Autism Society of America