The Evolution of Asperger’s and PDD

Many people are not familiar with the differences of the conditions of Asperger’s, Autism and PDD (Pervasive Development Disorders), the symptoms and treatments.

Dr. Hans Asperger first identified symptoms in 1944 of a lack of empathy, an inability to form friendships, one-sided conversations and an intense absorption in a special interest.  People with Asperger’s have difficulty with communication and social interaction.  They also normally have average or above average intelligence.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is considered an intellectual disability and is usually identified around age 3 when the child is not walking, talking or showing signs of normal development.

Pervasive Development Disorders, or PDD, is a delay in the development of basic skills.  Children with PDD do not socialize, communicate well and display an inability to use their imagination.

While there may be some similarities between these disorders, Dr. Rebeck may be able to help you and your child with some common underlying symptoms of anxiety, sensory processing disorders, and social skills .