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Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (page 2)

By — National Dissemination Center for Children With Disabilities
Updated on Nov 12, 2009

What is Childhood Disintegrative Disorder?

  • Contrast DSM criteria for CDD with the other PDD disorders.
    www.nichcy.org/pubs/factshe/fs20txt.htm
    NICHCY offers a briefing paper on PDD that includes an overview to the umbrella category under which mental health professionals have placed Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. This includes the DSM criteria that are used to diagnose the disorder. You may also find it helpful to see these criteria contrasted with those used to diagnose the four other disorders under the PDD umbrella.
  • A description of CDD.
    http://info.med.yale.edu/chldstdy/autism/cdd.html
    The Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluations for children with social disabilities, usually focusing on the issues of diagnosis and intervention. The above article includes a description of CDD, its clinical features and diagnosis, history, its course and prognosis, its etiology, and a case illustration.
  • From the medical encyclopedia at Medline Plus.
    www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001535.htm
    Read Medline's description of CDD, including definition, causes, risk factors, symptoms, signs and tests, treatment, prognosis, and complications. Medline is a service of the National Library of Medicine.
  • A brief description of CDD and a comparison of DSM criteria with other criteria used internationally.
    www.mental-health-matters.com/disorders/index.php
    This site provides information and connection on all sorts of mental health matters. From the link above, the "disorders" page, you can scroll down to Childhood Disintegrative Disorder and see what they have to offer. One interesting link takes you to the ICD-10 criteria for diagnosing mental disorders (ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders
    World Health Organization, Geneva, 1992).
  • Want to know more about the DSM-VI-TR, and how it was compiled?
    www.appi.org/dsm.cfx
    Visit the American Psychiatric Association's DSM-IV-TR Library, located at the link above.

Research on Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

We were unable to identify research being conducted that focuses specifically or exclusively upon childhood disintegrative disorder. We've listed only a few resources below that you may find useful when investigating research on the disorder. However, because CDD is under the umbrella of PDD, as is autism, you may find it helpful to know what research is being conducted on the autism spectrum and what it's revealing.

  • Want to know how to evaluate research studies?
    www.researchautism.org/uploads/parents%20guide.pdf
    OAR, the Organization for Autism Research, offers a guide, entitled Life Journey Through Autism: A Parent's Guide to Research, to help parents become "savvy" about finding and consuming information on autism, with special emphasis upon examining the research. Sources of this information are presented. The science model is then explained, along with a framework for evaluating research studies and the current state of autism research.

And since so little is actually written about CDD exclusively, we thought you'd want to know about these publications in professional journals.

  • Ask the Editor: What is childhood disintegrative disorder, how is it different from autism, and what is believed to be its cause? (2000, April). Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 30(2), 177-177. (Abstracts of journal articles are available online at: www.springerlink.com. Select "Browse Publications A-Z," go to J and scroll through the J's until you come to Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. There are two listings. You want the first, which is the Historical Archive of the journal when it was published by Kluwer Publishers.)
  • Malhotra, S., & Gupta, N.. (1999). Childhood disintegrative disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 29(6), 491-498. (Abstracts of journal articles are available online at: www.springerlink.com. Select "Browse Publications A-Z," go to J and scroll through the J's until you come to Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. There are two listings. You want the first, which is the Historical Archive of the journal when it was published by Kluwer Publishers.)
  • Volkmar, F.R. (1992). Childhood disintegrative disorder: Issues for DSM-IV. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 22, 625-642. (Abstracts of journal articles are available online at: www.springerlink.com. Select "Browse Publications A-Z," go to J and scroll through the J's until you come to Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. There are two listings. You want the first, which is the Historical Archive of the journal when it was published by Kluwer Publishers.)
  • Volkmar, F.R., & Rutter, M. (1995). Childhood disintegrative disorder: Results of the DSM-IV autism field trial. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 34(8), 1092-1095. (Abstracts of JAACAP articles are available online at: www.jaacap.com. At the main menu, click on "Archive." Scroll down to Volume 34, in 1995. You want the August 1995 issue, where you'll scroll through titles until you get to this one. Click on Abstract to the right.)
  • Zwaigenbaum, L. (2000, April). Case report: High functioning autism and childhood disintegrative disorder in half brothers. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 30(2), 121-126. (Abstracts of journal articles are available online at: www.springerlink.com. Select "Browse Publications A-Z," go to J and scroll through the J's until you come to Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. There are two listings. You want the first, which is the Historical Archive of the journal when it was published by Kluwer Publishers.)
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