Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pervasive Developmental Disorders (Autism Spectrum)

Autistic Disorder
Wide range of cognitive skills
Performance IQ >Verbal IQ
Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS)
Cognitive skills varied
May not meet all of the criteria for other disorders on the spectrum (i.e. later onset, atypical symptoms)
Asperger’s Disorder
Usually average or above average/superior cognitive skills
Verbal IQ >Performance IQ
Rhett’s Disorder
Typically severe or profound intellectual development
Affects only girls, head size stops growing, severe regression
Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
Typically severe or profound intellectual development
Abnormal regression after age or 2 or 3, seizures develop

The DSM Manual with these catagories is in the process of being updated with new catagories, definitions, and subsections. Completion scheduled for May 2013.

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