Conditions

 

Asperger's Syndrome

Children with Asperger's may be very smart. They are able to handle daily life. But they may be very focused on topics that interest them. But they have a difficult time socially. These children often have difficulty focusing and may have poor motor skills.

 

Pervasive development disorder not otherwise specified (PDDNOS)

These children have more severe symptoms than those with Asperger’s. However, are not as severe as autistic disorder. These children have problems in communicating and interacting with others.
 

Autistic Disorder

Children with this disorder have problems with social, behavior, and verbal skills. They appear to live in their own world. These problems can range from mild to severe. Many of them also have some degree of mental disability.
 

Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

This is the most rare and severe of the disorders. These children begin their growth normally in all areas. Sometime between the ages of two and four they quickly lose many social, language, and mental skills. In addition a child may develop seizures.
 

Rett Syndrome

This syndrome is a very rare, severe genetic disorder of the nervous system. It is usually discovered in the child’s first two years of life. They suffer from the loss of many motor skills. It is not felt to be part of this Spectrum Disorder.