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J is a six-year-old African American boy who was diagnosed as autistic when he was three He will not look you in the eye gets angry when his parents do not pick him up on time to the point of hurting others and is for the most part non-verbed except to occasionally repeat what others say called echolia taken from observation 2002 Tommy is a fifth grader white male who is on the honor role loves math and science and is an expert on transforming toys in fact he is so fascinated by them that at any time he may transform himself into one When he was three he had fluent language but could not understand the rules of reciprocal conversation and could not look others in the eye Less 2002 Tommy has Aspergers Syndrome a mild form of autism What is autism What causes autism Is there a cure for autism For many years health care professionals have been researching to try and find an answer to many questions about autism Still at this time there is no definite answer It has been found that autism can also be diagnosed as Persuasive Development Disorder or PDD National Institute Of Neurological Disorder 2002 PDD is a generic term that refers to a group of disorders that are characterized by delays in the development of multiple basic skills These skills include such things as reciprocal social interactions verbal and non-verbal communication and certain stereotyped patterns of behavior Szatmari 2002 Other categories include Autism Aspergers Syndrome Retts Syndrome and PDD not otherwise specified PDD-NOS National Institute of Neurological Disorders 2002 Children with PDD vary widely in their abilities intelligence and behavior A child who is diagnosed with PDP may not speak at all National Institute of Neurological disorders 2002 Discovering the childs abilities and degree of severity is how physicians and psychiatrist determine which sub-category of PDD a child may have In contract to
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