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Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS Research

(Also Known As: Pervasive Developmental Disorders Research, Autism Research, Asperger's Research, Aspergers Research, Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified Research, Pdd-NOS Research, PDD Research)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Pervasive developmental disorders NOS related research

The Lovaas method

The Lovaas method is a type of Applied Behavior Analysis which was developed by psychologist Ivar Lovaas at UCLA. The treatment involves an intensive intervention program originally intended for autistic children aged 5-7 years. It utilizes behavioral techniques-of molding and rewarding desired behavior, while ignoring or discouraging undesirable actions--to achieve its goals. According to some research, the said method has shown notable improvement in about 50% of the children receiving this therapy. In as much as the Lovaas method is gaining popularity as an effective therapy for autism, further research is still needed to support its validity as a method of treatment. 11

Vitamin therapy

Subjective evidences revealed that Vitamin B6 and magnesium help children with autism and PDDNOS. The underlying principle for this is that Vitamin B6 helps the formation of neurotransmitters, which are thought to malfunction in such children. 12

Dietary intervention

Food sensitivities or food allergies have been found in some individuals with PDDNOS. That is why some parents choose to have their children evaluated by allergists and according to the results of analysis, eliminating or decreasing intake of foods to which their child shows the most sensitivity would be the most effective way of dealing with the condition. An instance would be: some foods seem to increase hyperactivity and autistic-like behavior, thus eliminating these from the child's diet has been found to help decrease negative behaviors. 13

Anti-yeast therapy

The sequence of autism and PDD-NOS involves manifestation of bizarre behaviors and communication problems arising around the toddler stage. These symptoms usually arise when affected children are treated with antibiotics. This is because antibiotics can upset the intestinal flora and possibly cause yeast overgrowth. However, the existence of higher yeast levels in children with autism and PDD-NOS could just be a coincidence. Some parents have found that giving their child an anti-yeast medication decreases some negative behaviors. Some preliminary study findings support this type of treatment; however, the results are not conclusive. 14

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Related Conditions

Asperger's Syndrome – impaired social interaction, restrictive patterns of behavior, repetitive behavior, autism, clumsiness
Autism – impaired social interaction, restricted repetitive behavior, impaired social development
Childhood Disintegrative Disorder – disintegrative psychosis, developmental delay, impaired social, verbal and motor skills
Rett's Disorder – impaired social skills, autism, pervasive disorder, cognitive impairment, impaired verbal skills