Pervasive developmental disorder

Pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) is a term used to cover autism and related conditions such as Asperger’s syndrome and pathological demand avoidance (PDA). Children with PDD typically have underdeveloped social skills, language difficulties and prefer to engage in repetitive activities.

PDD can have a significant impact on all areas of a child’s development. Children will typically struggle to learn basic skills and will appear withdrawn from their peers. Education provision typically requires significant modification so that children with PDD can engage.

It is important that all people working with children with PDD understand their difficulties and the provision they require. In almost all cases, a child with PDD will have special educational needs (SEN). It is unusual for a child with PDD to receive sufficient support from SEN additional support and an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) will be necessary.


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