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How are Pervasive Developmental Disorders Treated?

Individuals with Pervasive Developmental Disorders have a range of symptoms and abilities, and therefore any treatment will depend on the individual and what problems they are experiencing.

There are no specific cures or one treatment that will be used to treat Pervasive Developmental Disorders. The aim of any treatment is to provide the individual and their families with assistance and strategies to allow them to manage on a daily basis.

The ideal treatment for a Pervasive Developmental Disorder would involve a multidisciplinary approach where different health professions would work closely with one another, ensuring that common goals and appropriate intervention plans are developed.

A range of health professionals will be involved in the care of individuals with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and can be highly beneficial in supporting and improving areas of difficulty. Professionals commonly involved in treating individuals with Pervasive Developmental Disorders include:

The outlook for each child with a Pervasive Developmental Disorder will depend on the severity to which the symptoms affect them and also their intelligence and language ability. Each Pervasive Developmental Disorder affects individuals in different ways, some may be affected mainly by altered behaviour, others who have Rett's Syndrome or Childhood Disintegrative Disorderwill be affected with mobility problems, which will range in severity.

Interventions provided for Pervasive Developmental Disorders will depend on the individual's problems and may include the following:

  • Specialist education - education is structured to meet each child's individual needs and abilities
  • Behaviour modification
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Medication - used alongside other therapies to treat specific symptoms such as anxiety, hyperactivity and extreme mood swings

The overall aim of treatment for an individual with a Pervasive Developmental Disorder is to promote improved social and communication skills and minimise the effect of behavioural problems that may interfere with learning and functioning.

Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders will have a range of symptoms and abilities, therefore when planning therapy treatments they must be individualised to the individual's specific needs. Intervention planning should be multidisciplinary in nature and can involve treatments within the home or school environment.

Treatment for Pervasive Developmental Disorders is highly beneficial and can address many areas of difficulties. Treatment will aim to support and improve on the difficulties experienced by the individual, to help them function to their highest potential in their everyday lives.

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