Childhood Disintegrative Disorder ( Cdd )

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Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (also known as CDD or Heller’s Syndrome) is a rare condition characterised by a late onset regression in language, social functions and motor skills that were previously developing normally. CDD is a form Pervasive Developmental Disorder and is considered to be a low functioning form of Autistic Spectrum Disorder. However, in comparison to Autism, CDD children show a significantly more severe regression in their development and a dramatic loss of skill. Childhood Disintegrative Disorder is extremely rare. On average 1.7 children out of 100,000 will have the disorder Childhood Disintegrative Disorder is 600 times less prevalent than Autism The estimated ratio of boys to girls who have this condition is 8 boys to 1 girl Once the child looses their skill it is not usually regained. Only about 20% of the children diagnosed reacquire the ability to speak in sentences •The cause for Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD) is unknown •CDD is characterized by a later age onset (between the age of 2 and10) of the regression in developmental skills •Affected children will have previously been developing normally but will then regress significantly in their earlier acquired language , motor and social skills. •CDD can develop in a matter of days or it can be over time. Case studies have shown that the period of regression ranges from 2 to 12 months •Case studies have revealed that typically after the cognitive and behavioural regression ends no further regression is seen •Diagnosed children show a loss in at least two of the following: -Expressive language skills (spoken) -Receptive language skills (understanding) -Social skills and self-care skills -Bowel or bladder control -Play skills -Motor skills •... ... middle of paper ... ... have a loss in fine motor skills and therefore grip adapters may be required for pencils and other equipment in the classroom -Raised line paper can create a more obvious and physical boundary for the student to see clearly see where to write -At times children are more attentive when seated on a therapy ball or cushion -Some students become distracted by irrelevant information and therefore it may be necessary to remove or cover extraneous details from books and worksheets •Apps -Autism Discovery Tool: Sensory from Within. This app provides information to its users to better understand how people on the autistic spectrum experience the world around them and what you can do to improve their environment -Talking Mats. This app is based on the physical mat-and-card tool and assists students in communicating their views on a range of topics using visual representations
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