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Infant Toddler Development Training
Module 6, Lesson 5


family photo with babyThis lesson presents basic knowledge related to autism and other pervasive developmental disorders and low incidence conditions in infants and toddlers. The information presented provides a foundation for planning intervention strategies with the team for young children with these conditions. This lesson provides the Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist (ITDS) with information to help the family understand and integrate developmental supports for their child.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Identify pervasive developmental disorders and list the five types that are included in the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – Fourth Edition (DSM IV).
  2. Recognize medical conditions, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and cancer, including causes, symptoms and their effect on the child and family.
  3. Describe frequently used interventions for autism and other pervasive developmental disorders.
  4. Use diagnostic reasoning to fully participate in the development of an Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP) and Plan of Care within the context of family needs, priorities and activities to meet the needs of a child with autism, other pervasive developmental disorders, and miscellaneous medical conditions.
  5. Recognize how a child with autism, other pervasive developmental disorders, or miscellaneous medical conditions affect the dynamics within a family, including the influence on the child.
  6. Access information for miscellaneous medical conditions to assist the family in planning appropriate developmental strategies to enhance their child's development and inclusion into family and community routines and activities.


The following resources are necessary for the completion of this lesson. Learners may wish to access and print a hard copy of the resources prior to beginning the lesson and for future reference. Some resource documents can be found in the Resource Bank. Others are available online.

Key Words

Definitions of key words are found in the glossary.

  • Asperger's syndrome
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Echolalia
  • Hemolysis
  • Rett's syndrome


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