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Title: Pervasive Developmental Disorders: Finding a Diagnosis and Getting Help
Author: Waltz, Mitzi
Published: 1999
Summary:
Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) include autism and a range of other neurological disorders. This unique book encompasses both the practical aspects as well as the personal stories and emotional facets of living with PDD-NOS (not otherwise specified), the most common pervasive developmental disorder. While at least 250,000 Americans have been diagnosed with PDD-NOS -- one-third of which are children -- twice as many may remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Parents of an undiagnosed child may suspect any number of things, from autism to severe allergies. Pervasive Development Disorders: Finding a Diagnosis and Getting Help is the guide for parents (or newly diagnosed adults) who struggle with this neurological condition that profoundly impacts the life of the child and family. Featuring a range of stories from parents helping their children, it covers: Getting a diagnosis, including preparing for a diagnostic interview in a medical, psychiatric, or school setting; includes descriptions of all diagnostic tests and checklists/questions used by professionals Treatment options: medications and supplements; sensory integration; occupational, physical, and speech therapy; behavior modification; "floor time" play and talk therapy; and parenting techniques Coping with diagnosis and treatment, including emotions and support systems, insurance, and educational plans

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