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Article title: NINDS Pervasive Developmental Disorders Information Page: NINDS
Main condition: Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Conditions: Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Is there any
There is no known cure for PDD. Medications are used to address certain behavioral problems; therapy for children with PDD should be specialized according to the child's specific needs. Some children with PDD benefit from specialized classrooms in which the class size is small and instruction is given on a one-to-one basis. Others function well in standard special education classes or regular classes with support.
What is the
Early intervention including appropriate and specialized educational programs and support services plays a critical role in improving the outcome of individuals with PDD. PDD is not fatal and does not affect normal life expectancy.
What research is being
The NINDS conducts and supports research on developmental disabilities including PDD. Much of this research focuses on understanding the neurological basis of PDD and on developing techniques to diagnose, treat, prevent, and ultimately cure these disorders.
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Washington, DC 20013-1492
Tel: 202-884-8200 800-695-0285
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
6001 Executive Blvd.
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Bethesda, MD 20892-9663
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National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
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Bethesda, MD 20892-3456
Tel: 800-241-1044 TTD/TTY: 241-1055
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
PO Box 3006
Rockville, MD 20847
MAAP Services [For Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and PDD]
P.O. Box 524
Crown Point, IN 46308
Autism Network International (ANI)
P.O. Box 35448
Syracuse, NY 13235-5448
Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community
1450 Parkside Avenue
Ewing, NJ 08638
Tel: 609-883-8100 800-4-AUTISM (428-8476)
Autism Research Institute (ARI)
4182 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116
Autism National Committee (AUTCOM)
P.O. Box 6175
North Plymouth, MA 02362-6175
National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
P.O. Box 8923
(100 Route 37)
New Fairfield, CT 06812-8923
Tel: 203-746-6518 800-999-NORD (6673)
Autism information sheet compiled by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
Autism fact sheet developed by NINDS, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Informacion en espanol del Autismo/Spanish-language fact sheet on autism compiled by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
Asperger Syndrome information sheet compiled by NINDS.
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