childhood disintegrative disorder


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Related to childhood disintegrative disorder: pervasive developmental disorder, Rett's Disorder

childhood disintegrative disorder

[¦chīld‚hu̇d dis′in·tə‚grād·iv dis‚ȯrd·ər]
(psychology)
A condition occurring in 3- and 4-year-old children that is characterized by unequivocally normal development in the first several years of life, followed by a marked developmental regression (a child who previously had been speaking in sentences becomes totally mute), and various autistic features develop. Also known as Heller's syndrome.
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20 for autism spectrum disorder that would incorporate several previously separate diagnoses--including autistic disorder, Asperger's disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified <http://www.
Specialists in these disorders, as well as genetics, pharmacology, pathophysiology, neurology, neuroimaging, and other fields, from North America, Europe, and Japan, cover the history of autism; assessment; Asperger's syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified, childhood disintegrative disorder, and Rett syndrome; symptoms; causes; neuroanatomy and imaging; comorbidities; the role of the immune system; and traditional and alternative treatment approaches, including medication, complementary and alternative therapies, and behavioral, educational, and psychosocial treatments.
A relatively acute onset of loss in social and language skills may prompt one to think about childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD).

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