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Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)


Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). The diagnosis of PDD-NOS used to be given to children that did not meet all the criteria for a true Autism or Asperger diagnosis but PDD is considered part of the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s) now. In other words, PDD now is labeled as an “Autism Spectrum Disorder” and with its loss of identity the severity is based on social communication impairments and restricted repetitive patterns of behaviors. Although this is no longer a true diagnosis it is used among the community.

Previous studies suggested that persons with PDD-NOS fell into one of three very different subgroups:


  • A high-functioning group (around 25%) whose symptoms largely overlap with that of Asperger syndrome, but who differ in terms of having a lag in language development and mild cognitive impairment. (Asperger syndrome does not generally involve speech delay or cognitive impairment).
  • A second group (around 25%) whose symptoms more closely resemble those of autistic disorder, but do not fully meet all its diagnostic signs and symptoms.
  • A third group (around 50%) who meet all the diagnostic criteria for autistic disorder, but whose stereotypical and repetitive behaviors are noticeably mild.

What is PDD and options for treatment?

PDD Symptoms:

PDD-NOS is characterized the same way as Autism by delays in the development of socialization and communication skills. Parents may notice associated behaviors as early as infancy. These may include delays in using and understanding language, difficulty relating to people, unusual play with toys and other objects, difficulty with changes in routine or surroundings and repetitive body movements or behavior patterns. You can read more about Autism here.

Caring for Your Child

At Whole Child Wellness we believe an integrative approach is the key to true health and wellness. In other words, we believe that many symptoms seen in children are caused by a combination of factors that include certain food products and chemicals, as well the combination of external toxins from vaccines or geographic location, a weak immune system, a dysfunctional nervous system and abnormal detoxification.

Dr. Amber Brooks, DC, CACCP, RN, BSN integrates nutrition, diet, supplementation, biomechanical and functional methods to help suffering children. Her care plan aims to address the biomechanical and nervous system irregularities in one’s body by using nutritional supplements, chiropractic, natural detoxification, diet changes, digestive support and lab testing. Dr. Brooks, DC, CACCP, RN, BSN prefers a team approach and works with the parents and other clinicians to set goals and design a care plan, this is the best way to achieve success and support the child through an individualized treatment plan.

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The physical, biomechanical or medical issues children often manifest are rarely noted or discussed. Dr. Amber Brooks, DC, CACCP, RN, BSN first takes a thorough history, performs an exam and may order tests for typical physical manifestations including biomechanical causes, food allergies, eczema, general gastrointestinal distress, constipation and diarrhea, yeast overgrowth, immune system dysregulation, nervous system imbalance, and sleep disturbances to help looking at the whole child. An Integrative approach is based on the belief that the psychological symptoms are a product of the physical issues (internal or external) the child is experiencing and that addressing the physical issues will lead to an improvement in those psychological symptoms. Dr. Brooks, DC, CACCP, RN, BSN works with the child’s primary care doctor for treatments in conjunction with natural care, nutrition, chiropractic and supplementation.

If your child has PDD or these symptoms we may be able to help and/or make a proper referral.

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