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Options for PDD treatment are based on the type of disorder a child has, as well as the child's specific needs. Treatment can include therapy, specialized education, social support, and medications. The goal of PDD treatment is to help with the more difficult symptoms and improve language and social skills. Most professionals agree that early treatment can improve the outcome of individuals with the disorder.

PDD Treatment: An Overview

While there is no known cure for pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), one thing most professionals agree on is that early PDD treatment is important; another is that most individuals with pervasive developmental disorder respond well to highly structured, specialized programs.
Before you make decisions on your child's PDD treatment, it's best to gather information about the various options available. Learn as much as you can, look at all the options, and make your decision based on your child's needs. You may want to visit public schools in your area to see the type of program they offer to special-needs children.
The PDD treatment recommended for your child will depend on the type of pervasive developmental disorder he or she has and your child's needs.
PDD treatment options can include:
  • Therapy
  • Specialized education
  • Social support
  • Medications.

Education and PDD Treatment

Early and intensive education can help children with PDD grow and learn new skills. The goal of these efforts is to help with the more difficult PPD symptoms in a child and to improve the child's skills that help him or her talk, interact, play, learn, and care for his or her needs.
Medicines can relieve symptoms and may be helpful for some people, but structured teaching of skills (often called behavioral intervention) is currently the most effective PDD treatment.
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