Pervasive Developmental Disorders: Finding a Diagnosis and Getting Help

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O'Reilly, 1999 - Autism spectrum disorders - 567 pages
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Pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) include autism and a range of other neurological disorders. This book focuses on the most common, PDD-NOS (not otherwise specified). There are at least 250,000 Americans with this diagnosis, one-third of which are children. (According to researchers, there may be as many as twice that number who fit the criteria but who remain undiagnosed or have been misdiagnosed.)

Parents of a young child with undiagnosed PDD may suspect any number of things, from autism to severe allergies. Pervasive Development Disorders: Finding a Diagnosis and Getting Help is the guide for parents (or newly diagnosed adults) who struggle with this neurological condition that profoundly impacts the life of the child and family.

There are medications, therapies, and educational techniques that can address symptoms and improve the lives of people with PDD. In some cases, the results can be spectacular.

Topics include:

  • Getting a diagnosis, including preparing for a diagnostic interview in a medical, psychiatric, or school setting; the book includes descriptions of all diagnostic tests and checklists/questions used by professionals
  • Treatment options, including: pharmaceutical medications, vitamins and supplements, sensory integration, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, behavior modification, "floor time" play therapy, talk therapy, and parenting techniques
  • Coping with diagnosis and treatment, including emotions and support systems, insurance system, and educational plans
  • Stories from a range of parents helping their children

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The Medical Facts About PDDs
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About the author (1999)

Mitzi Waltz is an advocate for families facing neurological issues. She has been heavily involved in online support work, and has also advocated for special-needs children within the medical, insurance, and education systems. She has written books on childhood/adolescent bipolar disorders, adult bipolar disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, partial seizures, and Tourettes syndrome. She is currently doing research at the Autism Research Unit in the UK.

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