This sourcebook compiles consumer health information from government agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Mental Health on autism and pervasive developmental disorders
Diagnostic evaluations used the Autism Diagnostic Interview--Revised (ADI-R), and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) Children were classified as having an ASD if they met DSM-IV criteria for any pervasive developmental disorder
Objective: The present study aimed to compare children newly diagnosed as having pervasive developmental disorders
(PDDs) to those with developmental delay (DD) forthe sociodemographic, clinical and parental characteristics.
Also discussed are the symptoms, biology, causes, course, and treatment of common childhood disorders, including attentional and disruptive behavior disorders, autism and pervasive developmental disorders
, mood, anxiety, and eating disorders, and learning disabilities.
Under previous versions of the manual, autistic disorder, Asperger's syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorders
not otherwise specified all fell under the major heading of Pervasive Development disorders.
One further source of diagnostic difficulty in this area has been the mutual exclusivity recommended by both DSM-IV and ICD-10 between the diagnoses of pervasive developmental disorders
(PDD) (including autistic disorder), and ADHD.
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD), which is often used synonymously with pervasive developmental disorders
(PDD), is a collective term given to developmental disabilities that impair the way individuals interact and communicate with others.
House Bill 2918, which requires insurance companies to cover certain kinds of treatment for pervasive developmental disorders
, awaits the governor's signa- ture.
Pervasive developmental disorders
range from autism to Asperger syndrome which causes no delay in sufferers' language ability.
Practice parameters for the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders
Joan Fallon United States Patent 6,632,429 entitled Methods for Treating Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Autism is a spectrum disorder that encompasses many labeled disorders such as autism, pervasive developmental disorders
, and Asperger syndrome (Jacobson, 2000).