PERVASIVE DEVELOPMENT DISORDER

The conditions appear early in life and affects the child’s social, cognitive, and language development. These disorders include autistic disorder, Asperger’s disorder, and Rett’s disorder.

AUTISTIC DISORDER (AUTISM)

  • Children with this condition show marked impairment of social and emotional interaction with the people around them.
  • The onset is in the first year of life.
  • There is lack of language development, the child is inflexible and may have ritualistic behaviour.
  • It is important to exclude medical conditions like cerebral palsy and hearing impairment.

Management

  • Clear diagnosis by an experienced specialist
  • Family behavioural therapy
  • Special school