Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 35, Issue 4, pp 525–534

Brief Report: Pervasive Developmental Disorder Can Evolve into ADHD: Case Illustrations

  • Deborah Fein
  • Pamela Dixon
  • Jennifer Paul
  • Harriet Levin
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-005-5066-3

Cite this article as:
Fein, D., Dixon, P., Paul, J. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2005) 35: 525. doi:10.1007/s10803-005-5066-3

Abstract

Despite prominent attentional symptoms in Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) the relationship between PDD and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has received little direct examination. In addition, outcome studies of children with PDD often focus on language, educational placement, or adaptive skills, but seldom on loss of the PDD diagnosis or change to another clinical syndrome. We present three cases in detail, and tabular data on eight more, that illustrate a clinical presentation in which prototypical cases of PDD evolve into clear-cut cases of ADHD from early to middle childhood.

Keywords

ADHDautismloss of the PDD diagnosisoutcomePDD

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Deborah Fein
    • 1
  • Pamela Dixon
    • 1
  • Jennifer Paul
    • 1
  • Harriet Levin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA
  2. 2.REACH Early Intervention CenterAmherstUSA