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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 94-100

Psychological interventions in pervasive developmental disorder: An overview

1 Department of Clinical Psychology, Central Institute of Psychiatry, Agra, India
2 Department of Psychology, Bharti Vidyapeeth Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Psychiatry, Sarojini Naidu Medical College, Agra, India
4 Department of Applied Psychology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Dr. Sayantanava Mitra
Department of Psychiatry, Sarojini Naidu Medical College, Agra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-6748.151671

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Pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs) are characterized by several impairments in the domains of social communication, social interaction and expression of social attachment, and other aspects of development like symbolic play. As the role of drugs in treating these impairments is extremely limited, a variety of psychological interventions have been developed to deal with them. Some of these have strong empirical support, while others are relatively new and hence controversial. Though it may prove to be a daunting task to begin with, the final reward of being able to improve the life of a child with PDD is enormous and hugely satisfying. Therefore, knowledge of these psychological interventions is important for a mental health professional, in order to be effective in the profession. Present paper presents an overview of these techniques in the management of PDD.

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