Joane Goodroe answered:
There is hope for improvement of pervasive developmental disorders (PVD). I have a son who was diagnosed with PVD twenty years ago. At the time, his problems seemed overwhelming.There are a few things that seemed to make a difference.
- Constant attention to improvement in motor function. He was in therapy for this for two years and then started a strict karate class. He was unable to keep up with a class; but one on one, he very slowly made progress. This seemed to improve his motor skills and auditory processing. Ten years later, he earned his black belt. Others earned a black belt in 5 years.
- We found that music therapy was very helpful. Piano lessons were painful but important to help motor coordination and overall brain function. In the process, we found that he had a strength: singing. In his teens he began singing classical music.
- We set one goal at a time to help him focus and not feel overwhelmed. School was always hard. The goal was to learn. Writing and reading were too hard so we would carefully focus on the goal of learning.
Every child is different, but there is hope for children with all types of autism including PVD. The positive changes happened slowly. His karate sensei always said, “Never Give Up”.There is hope for improvement of pervasive developmental disorders (PVD). I have a son who was diagnosed with PVD twenty years ago. At the time, his problems seemed overwhelming. There are a few things that seemed to make a... More