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Pervasive Development Disorders (cont.)

What Is the Outlook for People with Pervasive Development Disorders?

The outlook varies depending on the type and severity of the pervasive development disorder, the age at which treatment is started, and the availability of supportive resources for the child. Most children with PDDs will continue to have some problems with communication and socialization, but many can experience a significant increase in function.

Can Pervasive Development Disorders Be Prevented?

Until more is known about the causes of pervasive development disorders, it is not possible to prevent them. However, the sooner a child with symptoms begins treatment, the better he or she will do in the long run.

SOURCE: WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Hirsch, MD on September 03, 2009

Last Editorial Review: 9/3/2009

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