Social Effects Of Pervasive Development Disorders

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Register to read the introduction… Babies that were born premature or with low birth weight usually experience long lasting physical, cognitive, neurological, sensory, educational and behavioral issues (Papalia, 2008). Pregnant women should take extra precautions to ensure that their child is not born with low birth weight. Smoking increases the risk and other drugs are also known to do so. Even if children are born on time and are a healthy weight, it is possible for them to have a Persasive Development Disorder. Pervasive Development Disorders (PDDs) is a collection of developmental conditions that effect children’s primary skills. Effects are most prominent with social aspects of life. The ability to socialize, use their imagination and express themselves is compromised. It is not as easy for children with these disorders to understand everything around them. They often become addled in their own thinking. There are five different types of pervasive development disorder and they include: autism, Asperger’s syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, Rett’s syndrome and Pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDDNOS). There is still no known cause for Pervasive Development Disorders. Researchers have shown to believe that this is linked to issues among the nervous system. There are various tests to determine if a child has a pervasive development disorder including: x-rays and blood tests, medical history exam and complete physical examination of the child …show more content…
Zoloft, Paxil and Prozac were all shown to have an increase of the chance of having a child born with autism (Park, 2011). In 1998, my mother gave birth to my sister Marisa. Through out the pregnancy, my mom endured a difficult time. It was as if her body was trying to reject her. She was constantly suffering from “morning sickness” all hours of the day, through out her entire pregnancy. My mother had also been on antidepressants for year’s prior. With the okay from her doctor, she continued to take the pills, assuming it could cause no harm. After Marisa was born, it wasn’t long until it was known that something was not quite right with her. Three long, tiresome and very loud months passed by. It seemed there was not a moment that went by that Marisa was not crying. It as at this point when the doctors found out that it was actually hurting her to lay down or move because of the fluid that was built up around her brain. The bottom part of her brain was also too long and some of it needed to be cut to relieve her pain. She was diagnosed with a very rare form of autism called Kiari Malformation. Three brain surgeries later, my sister is now thirteen years old. Living in North Carolina, Marisa works with the best doctors around at Duke University Hospital. She has been through many meds that have some effects on her such as weight gain. However, with out the medicine it is hard for Marisa to be “pleasant” around others. She becomes very angry and irritated

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