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Childhood Disintegrative Disorder Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis

Childhood Disintegrative Disorder Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHDChildhood Disintegrative Disorder symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these Childhood Disintegrative Disorder symptoms may be recognized by family, teachers, legal and medical professionals,  and others, only  properly trained mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors etc.) can or should even attempt to make a mental health diagnosis. Many additional factors are considered in addition to the Childhood Disintegrative Disorder symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing considerations. This information on Childhood Disintegrative Disorder symptoms and diagnostic criteria are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgment and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician. 


Diagnostic criteria for 299.10 Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

A. Apparently normal development for at least the first 2 years after birth as manifested by the presence of age-appropriate verbal and nonverbal communication, social relationships, play, and adaptive behavior. 

B. Clinically significant loss of previously acquired skills (before age 10 years) in at least two of the following areas: 

(1)        expressive or receptive language

(2)      social skills or adaptive behavior

(3)         bowel or bladder control

(4)    play

(5)    motor skills 

C. Abnormalities of functioning in at least two of the following areas: 

(1)       qualitative impairment in social interaction (e.g., impairment in nonverbal behaviors, failure to develop peer relationships, lack of social or emotional reciprocity)


(2)   qualitative impairments in communication (e.g., delay or lack of spoken language, inability to initiate or sustain a conversation, stereotyped and repetitive use of language, lack of varied make-believe play)


(3)       restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior, inter­ests, and activities, including motor stereotypes and mannerisms


D. The disturbance is not better accounted for by another specific Pervasive Developmental Disorder or by Schizophrenia.

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