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What Are The PDD Symptoms?

Pervasive Developmental Disorders is a group of disorders that are mainly characterized by delays in the normal development of skills like communication, social, language etc. PDD Symptoms can be identified in the infant state itself. Autism, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Rett’s Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified are the disorders that come under PDD. Let us learn the common symptoms of it.

PDD Symptoms:
Following are a few of the many signs that are characterized by this group of disorders.

  • People with this disorder have difficulty in using language; written and spoken.
  • Individuals with this problem have trouble understanding language.
  • They lack interest in interacting with people.
  • They show limited interest in toys, games, and interactive sports.
  • They prefer a routine life. They detest and get agitated when change is introduced to their daily life activities.
  • They will be interested to the levels of obsession with regards to their toys.
  • They are comfortable only with familiar surroundings. They do not like change.
  • They have limited but repeated body movements like flapping of hands etc.
  • Their behavioral patter too is repetitive.
  • In some extreme cases the children or individuals with any of these disorders shows complete disinterest in speaking.
  • In some cases the children use limited spoken abilities. Their communicational skills are restricted to only a few phrases.
  • They are sensory sensitive. They show extreme reactions to certain sounds, touch, taste, smell, and light etc.
  • Their playing skills too are repetitive.
  • They have trouble differentiating between sarcastic and normal tone.
  • They have trouble expressing them verbally or non-verbally.
  • They have problem with verbal and non-verbal communication skills. Non-verbal skills like understanding gestures, maintaining eye contacts, reading body language, and interacting with others sensibly.
  • They have trouble taking turns while interacting with others. They either show no interest or get overwhelmed and keep talking about themselves constantly.

These PDD symptoms help parents identify the signs and contact the doctor at the earliest. The earlier these disorders are identified the better it is. Though in some cases like Rett’s syndrome no treatment is available, there are other therapies available to reduce the severity of the symptoms.

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