Pervasive Developmental Disorder Speech Therapy

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What is Pervasive Developmental Disorder?

Pervasive Developmental Disorder Speech Therapy

In many ways PDD is the catch-all category to describe a group of disorders that cause delays in a child’s development of basic social and communication skills. Children with PDD tend to have difficulty processing information and tend to have difficulty comprehending the world around them. According to recent estimates, Pervasive Developmental Disorders affect as many as 1 in every 68 people in the United States[1].
[1]CDC estimates 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 27 Mar. 2014. Web. 19 Mar. 2015.

Pervasive Developmental Disorders include:

  • Autism
  • Asperger’s Disorder
  • Rett Syndrome
  • Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS)

Characteristics of PDD

Signs and symptoms of PDD may be visible during early infancy, though the typical age of onset is between the ages of 1 and 3 years. When children reach these toddler years, differences in development across children of the same age group are easier to notice, and therefore PDD symptoms are easier to identify. However, PDD typically affects a wide range of areas including the way that social behavior, attention/interests, as well as verbal and nonverbal communication develop.

In most cases, PDD is diagnosed based on behavioral observations and a comprehensive medical and psychiatric evaluation. Because children with PDD are at risk of developing other mental disorder, early diagnosis and intervention are critical. The following are some of the most common symptoms of pervasive developmental disorders, which can range from mild to severe:

Causes of Pervasive Developmental Disorder

Though research into pervasive developmental disorders is advancing, specific causes are still unknown. We do know that PDD is a neurological disorder and is not the result of poor prenatal care, parenting practices, or environmental influences.

Pervasive Developmental Disorder Treatment

Effective PDD treatment plans involve a collaborative effort between your child’s physician and SLP in order to tailor the program to the child’s unique symptoms and level of severity. Treatment will be based on your child’s age, medical history, type of disorder, as well as expectations for the course of the disorder.

Treatment may include speech therapy techniques, therapeutic play groups, social skills training, behavioral therapy, and even occupational therapy. Successful PDD treatment involves addressing all possible language and social difficulties through a multi-faceted treatment approach and early treatment is shown to lessen the severity of PDD symptoms over time.

If your child is living with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, finding a quality speech-language pathologist is a top priority. At Orlando Speech, our SLPs are experienced in treating a variety of speech-language disorders and do so with unparalleled skill and compassion. We are proud to provide mobile speech therapy services to the greater Orlando, Florida area including Dr. Phillips, Sand Lake, Lake Buena Vista, Ocoee, Windermere, Winter Garden, MetroWest, Oviedo, Waterford Lakes, Winter Park, and Maitland. Call us today to learn more about our Pervasive Developmental Disorder speech therapy treatment programs.

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