Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Autism is one of several disorders classified as Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
Individuals with autism often have difficulty communicating and interacting with others,
and may show a restricted range of personal interests and activities. The functioning of
individuals with autism can vary greatly depending on the individual's age and
developmental level. Most experts in the field agree that early intervention is important
in providing children with autism the best chance of long-term success. Early intervention
may include speech therapy, occupational therapy, or other therapies provided by parents
and professionals. For more information on autism and other pervasive developmental
disorders, try one of the links below:
Society of America
Books for parents about autism:
Hart, C. (1993).A parent's guide to autism: Answers to the most common questions.
New York: Pocket Books.
Educating children with autism: A parent's guide by
Michael Powers - Available from Woodbine House, 5616 Fishers Lane,
Rockville, MD 20852
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