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PDD Symptoms Related to Social Skills

PDD symptoms related to social skills can include:
  • Not making eye contact and wanting to be alone
  • Not interacting with others the way most people do, or not being interested in other people at all
  • Trouble understanding other people's feelings or talking about their own feelings
  • Not wanting to be held or cuddled, or only cuddling when they want to
  • Not noticing when other people try to talk to them
  • Being very interested in people, but not knowing how to talk, play, or relate to them.

PDD Symptoms Related to Repeated Routines and Behaviors

People with PDD symptoms might repeat actions over and over again. They might want to have routines where things stay the same so that they know what to expect. They might have trouble if family routines change. For example, if a child is used to washing his or her face before dressing for bed, he or she might become upset if asked to change the order and dress first and then wash.

PDD Symptoms Related to Developmental Delay

Children with PDD develop differently from other children. They often develop at different rates in different areas of growth. They might have large delays in language, social, and cognitive skills, while their motor skills might be about the same as other children their age. They might be very good at things like putting puzzles together or solving computer problems, but not very good at some things most people think are easy, like talking or making friends. Children with PDD might also learn a hard skill before they learn an easy one. For example, a child might be able to read long words, but not be able to tell you what sound a "b" makes. A child might also learn a skill and then lose it.
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