Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome in Children: A Guide for Parents, Teachers and Other Professionals

Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome in Children: A Guide for Parents, Teachers and Other Professionals

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ISBN: 9781849050746
by Phil Christie, Margaret Duncan, Ruth Fidler and Zara Healy


Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDA) is a
developmental disorder that is being increasingly recognised as
part of the autism spectrum. The main characteristic is a
continued resistance to the ordinary demands of life through
strategies of social manipulation, which originates from an
anxiety-driven need to be in control.

This straightforward guide is written collaboratively by
professionals and parents to give a complete overview of PDA.
Starting with an exploration into the syndrome, it goes on to
answer the immediate questions triggered when a child is first
diagnosed, and uses case examples throughout to illustrate the impact of the condition on different areas of the child's life.
Early intervention options and workable strategies for managing PDA positively will make day-to-day life easier for the child, their family and peers. New problems faced in the teenage years and how to assist a successful transition from adolescence to adulthood are also tackled. The book concludes with a valuable resources list.

Full of helpful guidance and support, this user-friendly
introductory handbook is essential reading for families, carers
and anyone who knows a child with PDA.