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How are pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs) or autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) treated?

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There are medications to help children with symptoms. Medication works best when paired with therapy that develops socialization and other life skills.

Keep in mind that someone who’s on the spectrum experiences the world differently. Their victories and challenges might be very different from yours. It helps to appreciate them as they are, with their own unique personalities and interests, while you get them the support and skills that could make a big difference in their future.

SOURCES:

Emory Autism Center: “Characteristics of autism and the pervasive developmental disorders (PDD).”

American Academy of Pediatrics News: “New DSM-5 includes changes to autism criteria.”

American Psychiatric Association: “Autism spectrum disorder.”

Autism Society: “Pervasive developmental disorders (PDD).”

Autism Speaks: “PDD-NOS” and “Autism & Your Family.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Autism spectrum disorder fact sheet.”

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on November 18, 2016

SOURCES:

Emory Autism Center: “Characteristics of autism and the pervasive developmental disorders (PDD).”

American Academy of Pediatrics News: “New DSM-5 includes changes to autism criteria.”

American Psychiatric Association: “Autism spectrum disorder.”

Autism Society: “Pervasive developmental disorders (PDD).”

Autism Speaks: “PDD-NOS” and “Autism & Your Family.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Autism spectrum disorder fact sheet.”

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on November 18, 2016

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