Autism and Pervasive Development Disorder
What is Autism in Children?
Autism is a neurologically caused developmental disability, typically appearing in early childhood, which affects a person's ability to process, integrate, and organize information.
Studies have found abnormalities in the central nervous systems of persons with autism, and it significantly impacts communication, social interaction, functional skills, and educational performance.
What is Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD)?
Autism is a "spectrum disorder," with symptoms and characteristics presenting in a wide variety of combinations with differing degrees of severity.
Autism, or Autistic Disorder, is in fact categorized as a Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), along with Rett's Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Asperger's Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, or PDDNOS.
Supporting a Child with Autism
Autistic children may have a serious lifelong disability. However, with appropriate care and training, some autistic children can develop certain aspects of independence in their lives. Parents should support their autistic children in developing those skills that use their strengths so they will feel good about themselves.
(*NOTE: Using EEG Biofeedback, Sensory Integration Training, Auditory Integration Training, and Sound Therapy techniques that are customized for each patient's individual needs, The Attention & Achievement Center has produced significant improvements in the lives of patients with autism and autistic spectrum disorders. Request an appointment if you wish to learn more.)
Want to learn more about Autism and Pervasive Development Disorder?
In the following pages, you can:
- Learn more about conditions and possible causes leading to autism.
- Learn how Autism and other forms of PDD can be effectively diagnosed.
- Learn more about the more general Pervasive Development Disorder diagnosis.
- Learn more about Asperger's Syndrome, how it can be diagnosed and treated.
- Learn about solutions and support for families dealing with autism.
- Read articles about the diagnosis and management of autism.
(*NOTE: Using EEG Biofeedback, Sensory Integration Training, Auditory Integration Training, Sound Therapy, and Hypnotherapy therapeutic plans that are customized for each patient's individual needs, The Attention & Achievement Center has produced significant improvements in the lives of patients with central auditory processing disorder (CAPD)).
For additional information, call
Mind Builders at 925-837-1100 or 408-740-3100
Offices in San Ramon and Los Gatos