When is an autism spectrum disorder NOT an autism spectrum disorder? In fact, "atypical autism" or Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) IS considered to be an autism spectrum disorder - even though people with PDD-NOS don't fully qualify for a diagnosis such as autistic disorder or Asperger syndrome.
The idea of a catch-all autism-ish diagnosis is certainly confusing... it took us quite a while after receiving a "PDD-NOS" diagnosis for our son to figure out that the term had anything whatever to do with autism!
Have you been presented with an "atypical autism" or PDD-NOS diagnosis? Did it make sense to you?
Find out more about Atypical Autism/PDD-NOS
- What Is Atypical Autism?
- What is PDD-NOS?
- What Are Pervasive Developmental Disorders?
- What Are the Different Types of Autism?