Pervasive Development Disorders Directory
Pervasive development disorders (PDDs) are a variety of developmental conditions that can cause problems with socializing, communicating, and using imagination. Some types of PDDs include autism, Rett syndrome, Asperger's syndrome, and more. There are therapies and classes that can help children and families affected by PDDs. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how pervasive development disorders are caused, symptoms of these conditions, treatments that are available, and much more.
Pervasive Development Disorders: What Are They?
Pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs) are now called autism spectrum disorder. Find out what it means.
Learn the Basics of Autism
WebMD provides an overview of autism spectrum disorders, including causes.
Can Autism Be Prevented?
There’s a lot of talk in the media about autism -- especially about what causes it. But can you prevent it? WebMD examines the myths and the truth.
Rett Syndrome: What Are the Symptoms and How is it Treated?
Rett syndrome is a rare neurological disease that affects mostly girls. Learn the symptoms and how this disorder is treated.
Temple Grandin’s Story: A Remarkable Woman With Autism
In a new film biography, renowned animal scientist Temple Grandin -- perhaps America's most famous person with autism -- is played by Claire Danes.
Raising a Child With Asperger’s Syndrome
The condition, similar to autism, requires patience from parents, structure, and sometimes a special dog.
Autism in the Classroom
When your child has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), for example Asperger's syndrome, school can be difficult. Autism in the classroom is something that’s hard for teachers, parents, and the child with the ASD to deal with.
Autism and Family Relationships
Having a child with autism affects the entire family. WebMD asked the experts what families can expect after a child is diagnosed with autism. Here's what they said about five common issues and about how families can cope with them and thrive.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Toddler Milestones -- Your Child's Second Year of Development
Daily showdowns with a toddler can be rattling, but there are plenty of exhilarating moments in the mix. Preview the highlights of baby’s second year with WebMD’s guide to the most anticipated toddler milestones.
Slideshow: Baby Milestones: Your Child's First Year of Development
What developmental milestones can you expect to see during baby's first year? Take a tour of first-year "firsts" with WebMD's guide to the most anticipated baby milestones.