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Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS Suggestions

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Suggestions on Pervasive developmental disorders NOS

  • Martial arts can be beneficial to patients – flexing of muscles literally helps improve impaired movements
  • Music therapy – aids in learning and developing communication with the help of songs;
  • Use of computers or other equipments – aids patients in formulating their own thoughts, especially if they have trouble expressing themselves verbally.
  • It is important for parents of PDD-NOS, asperger’s disorder and autism children to surround themselves with friends, family members, teachers, and healthcare providers whom can be trusted. Make sure that the lines of communication with and among them are always open because their help will be most essential through the many ups and downs of life with a PDD-NOS child.
  • Adolescence is even more difficult for children with the disorder. They are also vulnerable to hormonal fluctuations as well as peer pressure. This is why affected individuals may need more support at this stage, most especially as they grow more aware of their own condition. Seeking aid and guidance of a counselor trained with dealing with teens on the spectrum can help immensely. Also, knowing that they have their parents’ support will make things easier for them.
  • Pay more attention to their environment and routine by keeping their surroundings predictable and familiar, and prepare your child for changes. For example, count down the time until a transition.
  • Prepare the child for new situations by explaining in advance the things that are expected to happen. Also, prepare them for things that might happen. For example, explain you are going to visit grandpa, but “what if” grandpa doesn’t answer the door.
  • Provide consistent structure and routine: Many children respond well to visual supports, such as a daily schedules using pictures. Schedules help to give information about what is happening in the day and provide a planner the child can understand so he/she can check the activities for the rest of the day.
  • Pay attention to sensory input from the environment, like noise, temperature, smells, and crowds among many others.
  • When talking to the child: Don’t assume that your child understands what you are saying. Communicate directly and clearly. Always give a logical, organized, clear, concise and concrete statement. Avoid jargon, double meanings, sarcasm, nicknames, and teasing.
  • Explain abstract concepts in concrete terms. Avoid talking about such concepts in front of the child, unless they are included in the conversation.
  • Be sure to tell the child what you want him to do, rather than what you don’t want him to do. For example, say “put it on the table” rather than, “don’t throw it on the floor.”
  • To help the child improve their behavior: Help your child learn to communicate using gestures, sign language, picture boards, communication devices, and/or speech. Work on communication early, and be consistent to help your child improve more. Better communication will help relieve frustration and may lead to better behavior.
  • Teach the child to make choices.
  • Be consistent in rewarding positive behavior while replacing the unwanted behavior with a favorite activity. Choose rewards you know your child will like.15

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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