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Pervasive Developmental Disorders - Not Otherwise Specified

Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) is one of the five pervasive developmental disorders described in the diagnostic manual published by the American Psychiatric Association. This diagnosis is used to describe individuals who are experiencing significant social interaction difficulties, or serious problems with communication or who exhibit stereotypic behavior patterns - but do not demonstrate the specific features required to meet the criteria for another pervasive developmental disorder. The term PDD-NOS incorporates diagnoses of atypical autism. Atypical autism, as a diagnostic term, may be used to describe individuals who display unique developmental features, but who do not meet the specific diagnostic criteria for autism.

Source: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV or DSM-IV-TR)

Cutting Through The Psychobabble: Diagnosing Autism and PDD-NOS per the DSM-IV in Layman's Terms

This site is for anyone living with, or trying to understand, a child with PDD-NOS  http://members.cox.net/jaynamom/index.html

Larri's PDD/NOS - autism page - is written by someone with PDD/NOS and Sensory Integration Disorder. http://larri.com/autism/

What You Need To Know About PDD-NOS

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