In our current diagnostic manual (DSM-IV) we give a PDD-NOS diagnosis when there is a subthreshold symptom presentation. These children may show delays in socialization, communication and may exhibit repetitive behaviors, but their symptom presentation does not meet criteria for Autism or Asperger’s. It should be noted, that this diagnostic label is being removed from the DSM-V.
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The Dan Marino Foundation answeredNo two individuals diagnosed with PDD-NOS are exactly alike. However, many individuals with PDD-NOS have some characteristics in common, such as:
Deficits in social behavior Uneven skill development (strengths in some areas and significant
delays in others.) Poorly developed speech and language comprehension and skills Difficulty with changes in environment Deficits in nonverbal communication Uncommon responses to taste, sight, sound, smell and touch Repetitive or ritualistic behaviors (i.e., opening and closing doors
repeatedly or switching a light on and off ) Unusual likes and dislikes
Source: Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD)