Pervasive Developmental Disorder

  1. 0 Ever heard of it? I nannied this weekend for a three year old (4 in nov) that has been diagnosed with this disorder. Only abnormal developments I observed were that he was probably at 18 months give or take verbally and he would shake hands at side when very excited. Parents told me they say he's autistic to get more cooperation from the medical community.

    (I won't touch on the fact that this family's house was a complete disaster- disguistingly dirty, this child had no scheule, routine, or discipline. I don't think a normal child would have progressed in this home let alone one with special needs. But, I wanted to just ask ya'll about PDD, because I hadn't heard of it.)

    THANKS.
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  3. Visit  goodknight profile page
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    I have a cousin with a PDD. There is more than one and each is different and will manifest itself differently. One thing I do know is that if this child does have a PDD, he needs a better home life than what you describe. Also autism and PPDs are not the same thing, may be similar in some cases, but are not always treated the same.
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    Quote from goodknight
    I have a cousin with a PDD. There is more than one and each is different and will manifest itself differently. One thing I do know is that if this child does have a PDD, he needs a better home life than what you describe. Also autism and PPDs are not the same thing, may be similar in some cases, but are not always treated the same.

    thank you so much! See, I don't know, I am concerned for this little boy but don't know exactly where my boundaries are. My job with him is over, but I'm wondering if I should report them to CPS? House is in disarray, no schedule or anything. Mom sleeps all day, when dad is home he's on the computer all day. My biggest concern is kitchen- looks like it hasnt been cleaned in weeks. I put a dish in the sink and bugs flew out. I didn't even feel comfortable feeding him out of the kitchen.. Food in fridge was moldy and expired. Family has money and are completely capable- Just LAZY!! Does anyone know what the guidelines are for reporting- I guess better safe then sorry, right? I've never really been one to stand by and let neglect happen.

    Thanks for the information on PDD though!!
  5. Visit  sirI profile page
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    One of the most classic signs of PPD is flapping the hands (called pervasive hand flapping). Also, these children have an exceptionally difficult time seeking comfort from the parents.

    If these parents are as neglectful as you surmise, you have a duty to report these conditions.
  6. Visit  William_SRNA profile page
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    IT's funny I read a study a while back that stated there are so many mental disorder diagnoses in this country it amounts to 3 per every citizen. In the UK they are finding traces of prozac in the water supply. Everyone wants to blame their problems or lack of accoountability/ responsibility on some disorder.
    Way too many kids on drugs in this country ADHD is so over diagnosed.
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    Quote from siri
    One of the most classic signs of PPD is flapping the hands (called pervasive hand flapping). Also, these children have an exceptionally difficult time seeking comfort from the parents.

    If these parents are as neglectful as you surmise, you have a duty to report these conditions.
    thanks for the help. I'm trying to find guidelines for reporting now.. I think I'm gonna report them. If I feel bad about it, I think that should be a big enough sign that it's justified, right?
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    Quote from hoop_jumper
    IT's funny I read a study a while back that stated there are so many mental disorder diagnoses in this country it amounts to 3 per every citizen. In the UK they are finding traces of prozac in the water supply. Everyone wants to blame their problems or lack of accoountability/ responsibility on some disorder.
    Way too many kids on drugs in this country ADHD is so over diagnosed.

    Yes, the mother of child says that her and others she have talked to notice the signs right after the MMR shot.

    (It was so hard to see what was true and what wasn't. This woman is unlike any I have ever met- lies about the smallest things, tells me shes on 20+ medications and has told me she has short term memory loss, suffers from post partem depression, has diabetes, and 75 percent hearing loss in both ears. AND that she has lost 8 family immediate family members in the last year. This family makes bank but gets government assistance for the child's mental health expenses (medical and childcare). But this is all beside the point..)
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  10. Visit  obeyacts2 profile page
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    I occasionally do respite care for PDD kids. It is state funded in CA. I hear it referred to as "autism light". I agree this home needs to be reported as a neglect/abuse situation ASAP. Good home environment is so critical for a special needs child. I see way too many of them are the family "cash cow" the family lives off the supportive funds/services. Disgusting. Our society enables too many people who really shouldnt be reproducing in the first place.

    Laura
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    thanks guys, I just reported to CPS. I have a knot in my stomach..
  12. Visit  hmcna profile page
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    Our role as nurses is to report suspected abuse....

    a good thing to remember is this

    report it, and let the agency do their job to figure it out.
  13. Visit  mercyteapot profile page
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    PDD is actually an umbrella term that encompasses the whole range of pervasive developmental disorders. It sounds as though the child you're describing may have a dx of "Pervasive Developmental Disorder- Not Otherwise Specified" which is kind of a parking lot designation for symptoms that don't quite fit the criteria of the named PDDs. My son had that dx before being dxed with autism (and his pediatrician still maintains that he has PDD-NOS rather than autism) As far as the home, I'd have to see it for myself, but let me tell you something. It is so so difficult when your child starts presenting these symptoms early in childhood. It is really hard to find anyone who takes your concerns seriously, and it breaks your heart to see one child after another hit milestones that your child is months or years behind. The parents may have serious depression that needs to be addressed rather than having CPS get involved.
  14. Visit  dosamigos76 profile page
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    I agree that it is heartbreaking to have a developmentally delayed child. We adopted a beautiful boy at the age of 8 days old. At one year old, that child "disappeared" and another took his place. He developed his own language of sorts and we were fortunate enough to get him into an infant stimulation program. After several years of special education, he was finally diagnosed with PDD. He was prescribed Ritilan at the time and that in conjunction with sign language seemed to unlock something for him, as he began talking. He is now 16 and unless you get to talking with him for a period of time, you really wouldn't realize he is disabled. Life is so interesting, you never know what is coming next, do you.
    All the best to you.

    Cheryl

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