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PDD/NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorde

a condition on the autism spectrum that has those with it exhibiting some but not all of the symptoms of classic autism; can include difficulty in socializing with others, repetitive behaviors, and heightened sensitivities to certain stimuli

PECS (Picture Exchange Communication)

use of standardized symbols as a replacement of the spoken language

peptic ulcers

hole in the lining of the stomach, duodendum, or esophagus; occurs while the lining of these organs is corroded by the acidic digestive juices which are secreted by the stomach cells

PET (Positron Emission Tomography)

system similar to X-Ray and MRI, but use a radioactive fluid or gas (injected or inhaled) to create the pictures

pH monitoring

tracking of stomach acid, usually in the esophagus to evaluate reflux

poor eye contact

the inability to meet eyes with another individual; many people with Autism Spectrum Disorder find eye contact unsettling for many reasons.

prolonged QT syndrome

also known as long QT Syndrome, refers to a group of disorders that increase the risk for sudden death due to an abnormal heartbeat


the unconscious perception of movement and spatial orientation arising from the stimuli within the body itself

PT (physical therapy)

health profession which aims the physical treatment and management of disease or condition which enables people to reach their maximum potential