Pervasive Developmental Disorder

4 08, 2012

Asperger’s: What is an Aspie and How Can Neurofeedback Help?

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A child or adult with Asperger’s is often referred to as an Aspie, even within their own circle. Asperger’s, also called Asperger’s Syndrome or Disorder, is one of five disorders under the umbrella of  Autism Spectrum, but is different from Autism in various ways. A child with Asperger’s is usually fairly high functioning, often with pointedly high intelligence and fairly normal language development.

Does my child have Asperger’s?
An Aspie, however, frequently has problems with social settings and may seem awkward or inappropriate in their social interactions with others. He may have difficulty initiating conversations or knowing “when to quit;” he may either avoid making eye contact or stare in a manner that makes others uncomfortable, and he may have trouble picking up on nonverbal cues. Additionally, his physical movements may be clumsy or awkward.

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 An Aspie may exhibit seemingly eccentric behaviors or rituals. She may become fixated on a topic or activity, seemingly to the point of obsession. Although she may be high on the intelligence spectrum, it may be difficult for an Aspie to function effectively in school and the professional world as she grows older. An adult or adolescent with Asperger’s may struggle with everyday activities such as self-organization, time management, dealing with conflict, or dealing with the sensory overload presented in an atmosphere such as a shopping mall.

How Can Neurofeedback Help With Asperger’s?
For an Aspie, neurofeedback can enhance intellectual ability, improve cognitive functions, and enhance skills necessary for dealing with language and social situations. Neurofeedback helps the Aspie’s brain learn to function within more normal parameters, helping the child or adult learn how to respond and to become more focused. In normalizing brain [...]

2 08, 2012

What is Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD)?

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What is Childhood Disintegrative Disorder?
Childhood Disintegrative Disorder is one of five disorders which fall under the category of Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PPD). Other disorders in this category include Autism, Asperger’s, Rett’s Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder-NOS (Not otherwise specified).
Childhood Disintegrative Disorder is very rare, occurring in only 2 per 100,000 children. One of the identifying characteristics is that the child with this disorder develops typically until symptoms begin, appearing suddenly over a period of days, weeks, or sometimes months. Symptoms may appear by age 2, but commonly the child is between the ages of 3-4 when regression becomes apparent.

What are the Symptoms of CDD?
There is a loss of previously acquired language and social skills that result in persistent delays in these areas. Additionally, other social and emotional milestones show persistent regression. A child who was once consolable by a parent’s touch may withdraw from human contact, or the child who interacted with appropriate eye contact from infancy may suddenly avoid eye contact with others.

Does my child have CDD?
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31 07, 2012

Pervasive Developmental Disorder: What is PDD?

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What is PPD?
Pervasive Developmental Disorder, or PDD, is an umbrella term for a group of conditions (including Autism and Asperger’s) that involve delays in development of a number of basic skills, including communication, use of imagination, and the ability to socialize and interact with others, and repetitive, compulisve thoughts or behaviors. Children with a PDD often feel and act very confused in their thinking and responses, and they generally have difficulty interpreting the world around them.
With most PDDs, symptoms actually begin during infancy or during the toddler stage. Parents may begin to recognize a problem when their toddler is not walking, talking, or developing as well as other children of the same age. However, these disorders are typically not identified until around 3 years of age. Because this is a critical period in childhood development, they are labeled developmental disorders.

There are five conditions which are considered to be a PPD:
Autism: Children with autism often have great difficulty with social interaction, pretend play, and communication. Additionally, the range of activity and interest is very low. Almost 75% of Autistic children have some degree of mental retardation.

Does my child have Autism?
Asperger’s Syndrome: These children struggle with social skills, and their range of interests is very narrow. However, they have average or above average intelligence, and they develop normally in language and cognitive processing. Those with Asperger’s may have difficulty with attention, and they may have poor coordination.

Does my child have Asperger’s Syndrome?
Childhood Disintegrative Disorder: Children with this rare disorder develop normally in all areas, including language, social, and motor skills, until the onset of symptoms, between the ages of 2-10. These children then lose many skills previously developed. The regression of [...]