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Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Scope Note: 
Mental disorders affecting multiple areas of infant or child psychological development, characterized by severe and pervasive impairment of reciprocal social interaction, communication skills, and repetitive patterns of behavior, interest and activities (Note: Use a more specific term if possible)
Category: Disabilities
Broader Terms
Mental Disorders
Narrower Terms
Asperger Syndrome
Autism
Use this term instead of
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Pervasive Development Disorders
Related Terms
Developmental Disabilities
Intellectual Disability
Theory of Mind
Added to ERIC: 3/28/2002