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Developmental Disorders" is a relatively recent term that
describes a class of disorders characterized by impairments in
social interaction, imaginative activity, verbal and nonverbal
communication skills, and a limited number of interests and activities
that tend to be repetitive. These disorders include autism, Rett's
syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, Asperger's syndrome,
and "pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified"
(PDDNOS). The following web sites are particularly useful for
general information about PDD and PDDNOS. For information about
specific disorders, visitors should check the related
asked questions" about PDD and information about specific
forms of PDD (including PDDNOS) from the Yale Developmental Disabilities
Developmental Disorder (ASA)
- This "package"
from the Autism Society of America (ASA) includes the diagnostic
criteria for PDD, a discussion of the difference between autism
and PDD, and an opinion piece on the relationship between autism
and PDD, as well as links to related ASA materials.
Developmental Disorders (NICHCY)
- This extensive
"briefing paper" from the National Information Center
for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY) discusses definitions,
causes, symptoms and signs, diagnosis, special education, treatment,
parent support groups, and additional sources of information.
Developmental Disorders (NINDS)
- This fact
sheet from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and
Stroke (NINDS) provides an overview of PDD, treatments, prognosis,
research, and sources of information.
- Asperger's Syndrome
- Rett's Syndrome
- Resources in your state
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