Childhood Disintegrative Disorder Treatments

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Kinds of Childhood Disintegrative Disorder Treatments are Available?

Because of the similarity of autism with childhood disintegrative disorder, treatment is almost the same. 8 Treatments for CDD are medications and behavior therapy.


There are no specific medications that can directly treat CDD. Although antipsychotic medications or medication for anxiety or depression can be used to treat and control severe behavior problems like aggression and repetitive behavior. For children with CDD who are also diagnosed with epilepsy, anticonvulsant drugs may be use to control seizures.

Behavior Therapy

This is used by psychologists, speech therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and even non-specialist like parents, teachers and caregivers; this kind of therapy technique helps the children to regain language, self-care and social skills. This type of program uses a reward system to strengthen desirable behaviors and discourage problem behavior.

Alternative Therapies

Alternative therapies are in addition to the traditional treatments mentioned above and these are customized diets, vitamin and mineral supplements, art therapy, music therapy, and sensory integration which are utilized by occupational therapists for children to make them familiar with normal sensory experiences in the environment. Although these kinds of approaches for CDD need to be discussed with your doctor first before putting them into practice, there is scientific evidence that these are effective to help children with childhood disintegrative disorder. 9

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