Childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD), also known as Heller’s syndrome, is a condition in which children develop normally. But by the time they reach 2-4 years of age exhibit severe impairment or loss of social, communication and other skills.

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The cause of the childhood disintegration disorder can be due to genetic factors, environmental exposures such as toxins or infections and also autoimmune responses.

Disintegration disorder has similarities with autism, but Childhood disintegration disorder occurs later than autism and has more dramatic symptoms than autism, such as:

1. Loss of language skills, including speech and conversation.

2. Loss of social skills, including difficulty interacting with other people.

3. Loss of ability to play, including loss of interest in various types of games and other activities.

4. Loss of motor skills, including the ability to walk, climb and grip things.

5. Difficulty controlling the bladder or bowels.

Handling or treatment of Childhood disintegration disorder can be done by giving children antipsychotic drugs. This is done to treat anxiety and depression or anticonvulsants to control seizures due to epilepsy. In addition to medication, it can also be treated with behavioral therapy.

Behavioral therapy, seeks to make changes in children in the sense that excessive behavior is reduced and deficient behavior (not yet exists) is added. The main purpose of this treatment is to increase the child’s understanding of the rules. This therapy generally gets significant results when done intensively, regularly and consistently at an early age.