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Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

Alternate Names : Disintegrative Psychosis, Heller Syndrome, Dementia Infantilis

Childhood Disintegrative Disorder | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Treatment of childhood disintegrative disorder follows that of most other types of pervasive developmental disorder. Parents, teachers, and therapists work together in coordinated efforts to encourage social adjustment and speech development in the child. Positive reinforcement techniques such as offering food for appropriate behavior or language responses have been successful in promoting skill development.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Side effects vary, depending upon the treatment given.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

Usually the loss of skills reaches a plateau, and the child's abilities stablize. There may be limited improvement, although this is rare.

How is the condition monitored?

A person with childhood disintegrative disorder may require long-term assistance educationally and help establishing independent living in adulthood. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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Author: Ann Reyes, Ph.D.
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 07/02/01

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