Pervasive Developmental Disorder


The American Psychiatric Association definition of Pervasive Developmental Disorders, as published in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV-TR) outlines the diagnostic criteria for:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified
  • Asperger’s Disorder, and
  • Rett’s Disorder.

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Students diagnosed by a medical professional with a pervasive developmental disorder may require a range of school based services depending on level of need and functioning. A comprehensive assessment is required to inform program planning. Programming decisions are made by the student’s program planning team.

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