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  • webb November 2006
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World Congress on ASD update
  • philc
    Posts: 4
    Update from World Congress

    Thanks to all of you who replied to my earlier posting with some very useful examples.
    The conference generally seemed to go well and the paper to be well received. I suppose I had 2-300 in my session but difficult to tell in a hall that seated 3000!

    I made some useful international contacts from Australia and Sweden and also some parents of a child from South Africa-there does seem to be a strong recognition factor. I am currently looking to get the paper published in a more accessible publication here and will also see if it can be available through the PDA web site. In the meantime if anyone is interested they can obtain a copy via the Elizabeth Newson Centre.

    At the conference there were a number of presentations around 'sub-groups of autism spectrum' and 'co-morbidity' (ie other associated conditions) in ASD and pervasive developmental disorder. In one study of children with 'pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified' it was thought that 85% of children had associated psychiatric conditions and that the biggest association was for oppositional disorders! All of this has resonance for PDA I think.

    Thanks again

    Phil Christie
  • webbwebb
    Posts: 2,566
    Thankyou for your update regarding the World Congress, many of us have been eagerly awaiting your news!

    Could I ask a question, How many countries actually recognise PDA as a Pervasive Development Disorder in it's own right(ie not just PDD nos).

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