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Autism, Rett syndrome, and Asperger syndrome are just a few of the conditions that are classified as a pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). This term covers a wide range of behaviors and abilities, as people with PDD differ greatly in the way they act and what they can do. In addition, a symptom might be mild in one person and severe in another.
 
Some examples of PDD symptoms include problems with:
 
  • Speech, language, and communication
  • Social skills
  • Repeated routines and behaviors.
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When treating PDD, a person's therapy should be specialized according to need. For example, medications can be used to address certain behavioral problems. Managing a child's educational environment through small class sizes or one-on-one instruction can also be helpful.
 
(For more detailed information on this disorder, click PDD. This full-length article looks at specific symptoms, prognosis, and more.)
 
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