Results for category 'Autism'.
Pervasive Developmental Disorder as a catch-all diagnosis
PDD-NOS is a “catch-all” diagnosis referring to a child who exhibits some symptoms of autism but does not exactly fall within any of the other four categories in the spectrum.
Importance of early detection in Asperger Syndrome
It is important that if a parent suspects his or her child to have ASD that the child be immediately brought to a pediatrician for tests and formal diagnosis. This will enable planning and implementation of appropriate therapeutic interventions that will help improve the child\'s quality of life.
Difficulty in diagnosing PDD
It is normally harder to identify PDD-NOS at early stages of development. This is because when a specific symptom belonging to one of the other four classifications is not present diagnosticians cannot be sure if the symptom simply has not reached full onset or if it will never appear (at which point a diagnosis of PPD-NOS is confirmed).
Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
CDD is a serious diagnosis that is characterized by at least two years of normal childhood development followed by a gradual loss of language, social and motor skills before the age of ten.
Other names of Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
CDD is also known as Heller’s Syndrome, Dementia Infantilis and Disintegrative Infantilis.
Other health problems linked with Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
Children with Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD) may also have seizures, or in some cases leukodystrophy or Schilder\'s disease as associated conditions.
Progress of Rett Syndrome
The progression of Rett Syndrome varies from one child to another. As some will lose their ability to walk, others that are still able will display a stiff-leg walk.
Cause of Rett Syndrome
The Cause of Rett Syndrome is a mutation in a gene on the X chromosome called MECP2, which contains instructions for making MeCP2, a protein crucial for proper brain development. Girls have two X Chromosomes, so the undamaged chromosome still produces MeCP2 but in insufficient amounts for proper development.
Rett Syndrome as a non-hereditary disease.
Parents should know that Rett Syndrome is not a hereditary disease. It is caused by a genetic mutation, not by genes passed on from the parents.
Meaning of Delayed Echolalia
Delayed echolalia is when the child repeats words or phrases heard previously to ask for something he wants. Other children may use robot-like language, singsong tones or high pitched voices.