ERIC Number: ED259508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Pervasive Developmental Disorders of Childhood: Who Are These Children and What Role Does the Educational Professional Play in Evaluation and Treatment.
Bowen, James N.; And Others
A child psychiatric consultant describes the category of pervasive developmental disorders of children, characterized by grossly deviant patterns of growth and maturation in cognitive, psychological, biological, and social development (not including disorders resulting from demonstrable brain damage). Theories of causation are reviewed and research evidence regarding etiology is noted to be equivocal. Clinical features are listed, including pervasive lack of responsiveness to others and onset before 30 months. Diagnostic criteria are also set forth and similiarities with infantile autism are pointed out. A case study illustrates characteristics and suggests the importance of early appropriate intervention. Structured classroom training combined with intrusive behavioral methods are seen as the most effective treatment approach, while pharmocotherapy is viewed as a valuable adjunct. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (63rd, Anaheim, CA, April 15-19, 1985).