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    My son has just been diagnosed with PDD:NOS

    Son was diagnosed with autism from paediatrician but now has been been diagnoised with PPD:NOS after seeing physiologist and speech therapist. After reading on amaze website it still puts pdd:nos as autism spectrum disorder so I am just a little confused. Also is there any funding available. Thank you
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    Mandy Case (Mabarrack)

    Occupational Therapist (OT)

    Developmental Play Therapy is an occupational therapy practice for children 0-6 years who have a developmental delay or autism spectrum disorder. Mandy takes a play-based … View Profile

    Interestingly, this diagnosis will not be used after the new DSM5 comes out next year!

    Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified is the full title, and it really emerged as a diagnosis because some children were found not to meet the full criteria for autism - they had some of the features, but not all of them. Those of us who have been around a long time knew these children as Language Disordered. 

    In my experience, some children who are diagnosed with this very young - around 3 for example - might later develop well with intervention, and appear more like having Asperger traits rather than autism as they grow and learn about the world.

    All the best with your little person!

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