Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) – The Blurred Future Of The Child

Pervasive developmental issues a.k.a. PDD is a group of conditions characterized by the delayed development in the basic skills of a child, such as communicating with others, and not being able to socialize. Imagination is also impaired in PDD. Children who suffer from PDD find it difficult to repeat a behavior, and may also find it difficult to understand people and other languages. They may even have difficulties in thinking and expressing themselves.

Pervasive Developmental Disorder

These conditions are tough for parents to understand since it happens at the tender age of 3 when all children are usually learning to walk, talk, and understand others. Hence, it is difficult to identify that the child is suffering from PDD.

PDD is classified into 5 types:


It is very tough for autistic children to communicate, interact or even imagine things. They have very few interest and hobbies. Since their muscle tone is low, they are very prone to seizures and are very uncomfortable with any changes around them.

Asperger’s Syndrome

Like autistic children, children suffering from Aspergers’s syndrome cannot communicate or interact with others. Likewise their range of interests is also limited. Their intelligence is normal but they do have problems in concentrating for a long period of time on one thing, and coordinating. The plus side is that they can learn and understand things such as languages.

Rett’s Syndrome

This condition is very rare, and children suffering from this are related to PDD patients in the sense that they too have a hard time in coordination which is mostly physical because their physical growth is majorly affected. Hence, they lack in motor movements such as moving the hands and the legs. Since this condition is due to lack of the X-chromosome, girls are more likely to be affected by it.

Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

This condition is in some sense very weird since the child grows normally in both physical and mental conditions. But between the ages of 2 to 10, a child affected by this disorder will forget all the things he has learnt till then. In addition, he will even lose control over his motor skills such as movements of the balder and bowel.

Pervasive Development Disorder not otherwise Specified

This a lower form of autism because the child suffering from this is very social. Hence, he does not come across as autistic. But he has the same problems in communicating, interacting, and imagining things.

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