Autism was first identified by Dr. Leo Kanner at Johns Hopkins. He identified Autism as a disorder affecting:
- Social Development
- Communication Development
- Behavioral Development
Autism is actually a subtype of a larger category of disorders known as the Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
- Autism/Autistic Disorder
- Asperger's Syndrome
- Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
- Rett's Syndrome
- Atypical Autism/PDD/NOS
In order to identify this 5 Pervasive Developmental Disorder, first has to look at Language development. All have social interactions and communication abnormalities, If there is language involvement to the extent greater than just communicative language or pragmatic language, then we could consider the diagnosis of Autism.
If it is just involving pragmatic language, this is where the term, Asperger's disorder is utilized.
Rett's Syndrome is a very classic Pervasive Developmental Disorders, where a child, 98% female has normal development until late infancy. At that time, there is a regression in their language, their interaction, and their play as well as global cognitive or intellectual ability.
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