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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.)

Want to learn more about Autism and Pervasive Development Disorder?

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