Childhood Disintegrative Disorder Diagnosis

(Also Known As: Heller’s Syndrome Diagnosis, Disintegrative Psychosis Diagnosis, Autism Diagnosis, Mental Retardation Diagnosis, Aspergers Diagnosis)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

How is Childhood Disintegrative Disorder Diagnosed?

Establishing a diagnosis for childhood disintegrative disorder is based on the diagnostic criteria established by the Diagnostic Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) that consist of the following diagnostic criteria to be met: 7

  • Apparent normal development for the first 2 years after birth as manifested by the presence of the age-appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication, social relationships, play and adaptive behavior.
  • Significant clinical loss of skills previously acquired before the age of 10 in at least 2 of the following areas:
    • play
    • expressive or receptive language
    • social skills or adaptive behavior
    • bowel or bladder control
    • motor skills
  • Abnormalities of functioning in at least 2 of the following areas:
    • qualitative impairment in social interaction
    • qualitative impairments in communication
    • restricted, repetitive and stereotypic patterns of behavior, interests and activities including motor stereotypes and mannerisms.
  • The disturbance is not accounted for by another specific pervasive developmental disorder or schizophrenia.

Could You Have Childhood Disintegrative Disorder?

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Related Conditions

Asperger's Syndrome – autism, impaired social interaction, restricted behavior, atypical use of language, clumsiness
Autism – impaired social interaction and communication, delayed brain development, repetitive behaviors, restricted interests
Rett's Disorder – absence of verbal skills, cognitive impairment, delayed motor skills