Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) assessment help!

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by TerryJ2, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Hi,
    I just took the online Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) assessment and am not sure what the scoring means. I realize I'm not a dr, but I wanted to try it on my own to get an idea. Can anyone help?

    Social Interaction, Bold 8
    Social Interaction 1-15 = 23

    Speech and Language, Bold 0
    Speech and Language 1-15 = 15

    Abnormal or Imagin Play, Bold 1
    Abnormal or Imagin Play, 1-15 = 19

    Behavioral Difficulties, Bold 12

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    Did you click on SCORE? That gives you the total score and there is a scale that tells you what it means. Here it is.

    0 - 49 = no Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)
    50-100 = Mild Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)
    100-150 = Moderate Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)
    > 150 = Severe Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) The above numbers are arbitrary estimates and must be confirmed with a large scale population study that hasn't been performed yet.
    The total score may not indicate Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) unless there is a feature present in each of the 3 sections. However, if there are no features present in the second section, Speech and Language Delay, but the overall score is above 60, consider Asperger's Syndrome. (My note: Aspergers kids don't have speech delays, so if they didn't have a speech delay, but scored about 60, Aspergers should be considered--lol--I translated it because it confused ME at first)
     
  3. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    So, do I combine the boldface lines with-the regular lines? Because the scoring is so different.
    Do I combine everything altogether? If so, it looks like my difficult child is mild.
     
  4. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    Yeah, you have to add them all up. Press Score.
     
  5. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Got it. Thank you! I did it again online and ended up with-a 95, which indicates mild Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD).
     
  6. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    That would be consistent with Aspergers :)
     
  7. Marguerite

    Marguerite Active Member

    Look at the scoring scale - 95 is almost on the border, which is 100 (and would tip it into moderate).

    The answers are carefully backed up with guidelines on how to answer them accurately (each one has a link to a guide to help you get a TRUE picture rather than an emotional one).

    I would suggest you note that although the score is still "mild". it's close enough to "moderate" to keep that in mind. An uncertain answer one way or another can make all the difference. And the level of uncertainty that could do this shows how subjective such a diagnosis is - there is no certainty or absoluteness in medical diagnosis, it's all a matter of degree and personal interpretation.

    When difficult child 3 was officially diagnosed we were told he was "mild to moderate Autism spectrum Disorder". They asked me a lot of questions very similar to the online Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) questionnaire, so I assume difficult child 3 scored somewhere close to 100 also. But difficult child 3 had a history of significant language delay (which he has since overcome) and this put him into the autism category rather than Asperger's, we were told.

    Strong suggestion - once you've got the final score, print it out so you have a copy to take to a doctor or specialist, to see what they think of how you answered it.

    Marg
     
  8. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Yes, I've actually printed out several copies, because I plan to take one to our psychiatrist, and one to a specialist for a detailed diagnosis, even though I don't have an appointment. with-anyone yet. But I will. :)
     
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