Pervasive Developmental Disorders
DSM IV Diagnostics
Asperger's Disorder 288.80 - links to the DSMIV made Easy Website
Autistic Disorder 299.00
Childhood Disintegrative Disorder 299.10
Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS 299.80
Rett's Disorder 299.80
Links to Related Pages
Asperger's Syndrome
Rett's Disorder
Related Broadcasts

August 24, 2001 Understanding Autism

The News Hour presented a special segmgent on Autism: Elizabeth Brackett reports on a developmental disorder afflicting about half a million Americans.

June 27, 2001 Study Finds More Children May Have Autism

New research shows that autism in children may be much more common than researchers previously thought. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that one in 600 children have severe autism and one in 160 children have a less severe form called a Pervasive Developmental Disorder.

March 27, 2001Autism Therapies

NPR's Patricia Neighmond reports many parents of autistic children are experimenting with treatments for autism and working to speed up research on the disorder. (12:30)

April 06,2000 All Things Considered Autism

There appears to be a rise in the number of children being diagnosed with autism. This neurobiological disorder can interfere with a child's ability to communicate, learn and fit in with others. A growing number of parents who care for these children believe that vaccines are to blame for the disorder, and went to Capitol Hill today to testify before a House committee. NPR's Michelle Trudeau and Vicky Que report on the vaccine connection to autism (there's no credible scientific evidence linking vaccines to autism), and the research into other possible causes, such as genetics. (12:30)

VHS/Classroom Aids
Visual Supports in the Classroom for Students with Autism and Related Pervasive Developmental Disorders by Director: Jennifer Savner
Dr. Temple Grandin Video - Visual Thinking of a Person with Autism
Autism - PDD Resource Network - This site guides you to the key issues associated with spectrum disorders. There is a growing awareness of the nature of autism and the kinds of approaches to diagnosis, treatment and care that are likely to be effective in meeting the needs of autistic individuals and their families
Autism Institute on Peer Relations and Play - Center for Integrated Play Groups - a guide to families, practitioners, researchers and others seeking to address the unique and complex challenges children with autistic spectrum disorders experience in peer relations and play.
Autism Network for Dietary Intervention
The Autism Society of America
Center for the Study of Autism Website
Cure Autism Now (CAN) Foundation
Current Research on Autism - Child Development Institute Website
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M.I.N.D. Institute at the University of California, Davis - A team of UC Davis researchers and clinicians in diverse but related disciplines and a dedicated group of community leaders that is intensely focused on solving the puzzle of neurodevelopmental disorders have joined together at the M.I.N.D. Institute. Through an integrated, comprehensive approach to the stubborn problem of neurodevelopmental disorders, the M.I.N.D. Institute will...
National Parent Information Network - (NPIN) is a project of the ERIC system, which is administered by the National Library of Education in the U.S. Department of Education. The mission of NPIN is to provide access to research-based information about the process of parenting, and about family involvement in education
Northern Light Special Edition - Autism Resources
Other Autism Resources on the Web
PDD Support Home Page
Rett Syndrome Association - UK
Special - A Resource and Service for Parents and Professionals
Unlocking Autism Site - The mission of this site is: To bring the issues of autism from individual homes to the forefront of national dialogue. To join parents and professionals in one concerted effort to fight for these children who cannot lift their voices to the nation for help. To educate parents about pending legislation and existing laws. To educate parents about the biomedical treatments. To assist parents of newly diagnosed children by providing direction through a parent-to-parent support hotline in an effort to network families across the country. This will decrease the time parents need to research the disorder, allowing them to quickly find professionals and information about the therapies available in their immediate area. To raise funds for


Autism - This journal reflects the recent worldwide growth in the research and understanding of autistic spectrum disorders, and the consequent impact on the provision of treatment and care
Announcing a Special Issue of JASH The Journal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps. The Fall, 1999 Issue of JASH is devoted to Interventions for Young Children with Autism. The purpose of this special issue is to highlight a range of best practices in educational interventions. Rather than attempting to demonstrate that one approach is more or less effective than the others, this issue advocates that we consider the strengths and contributions of varied approaches so that we may discover what works best for individual children and their families. This is refreshing and welcome message during this current period of intense educational debate in the field of autism.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Screening Tool - Toddlers
CHAT - Checklist for Autism in Toddlers - A Screening Tool
Selected Readings
Art Therapy With Children on the Autistic Spectrum : Beyond Words by Kathy Evans, Janek Dubowski
Autism : Behavior-Analytic Perspectives by Patrick M. Ghezzi (Editor), W. Larry Williams (Editor), James E. Carr
Autism : Identification, Education, and Treatment by Dianne E. Berkell Zager (Editor)
Autism : Information and Resources for Professionals and Parents by Richard L. Simpson, Paul Zionts
Autism Treatment Guide by Elizabeth K. Gerlach
Behavioral Intervention for Young Children With Autism : A Manual for Parents and Professionals by Catherine Maurice (Editor), Gina Green (Editor), Stephen C. Luce (Editor)
The Child With Special Needs : Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth by Stanley I., Md. Greenspan, Serena, Ph.D. Weider, Robin Simon (Contributor), Serena Wieder
Do They Grow Out of It? : Long-Term Outcomes of Childhood Disorders by Lily Hechtman (Editor)
Handbook of Infant Mental Health by Joy D. Osofsky (Editor), Hiram E. Fitzgerald (Editor), World Association f
Just This Side of Normal : Glimpses into Life With Autism by Elizabeth King Gerlach
Late-Talking Children by Thomas Sowell
Not Otherwise Specified : When Sensory Integration Affects Your Child : Working With the Child With Pervasive Developmental Disorder (Pdd) by Joan, Dr Fallon, Joan, DC FICCP Fallon
Play and Imagination in Children With Autism (Special Education Series (New York, N.Y.).) by Pamela J. Wolfberg
Teaching Children With Autism : Strategies for Initiating Positive Interactions and Improving Learning Opportunities by Robert L. Koegel (Editor), Lynn Kern Koegel (Editor)
A Work in Progress : Behavior Management Strategies & A Curriculum for Intensive Behavioral Treatment of Autism by Ron Leaf, John McEachin, Jaisom D. Harsh
Readings for Parents
Autism Treatment Guide by Elizabeth K. Gerlach
Biological Treatments for Autism & PDD : What's Going On? What Can You Do About It? by William Shaw
Childhood Speech, Language, and Listening Problems : What Every Parent Should Know by Patricia McAleer Hamaguchi
Facing Autism : Giving Parents Reasons for Hope and Guidance for Help by Lynn M. Hamilton, Bernard Rimland
Just This Side of Normal : Glimpses into Life With Autism by Elizabeth King Gerlach
Let Me Hear Your Voice : A Family's Triumph over Autism by Catherine Maurice
The Self-Help Guide for Special Kids and Their Parents by Joan Matthews, James Williams
Special Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis
Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder: A Mother's Story of Research and Recovery by Karyn Seroussi, Bernard Rimland Ph. D.
A Work in Progress : Behavior Management Strategies & A Curriculum for Intensive Behavioral Treatment of Autism by Ron Leaf, John McEachin, Jaisom D. Harsh

Helpful Links

DSM IV Made Easy Website - provides diagnostic information on most DSM IV categories
Dr. Bob's Website - DSM IV Codes - provides codes for each DSM IV category
Psychiatric Meds Info- links to the site