Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance in Children - Phil Christie, Margaret Duncan, Ruth Fidler and Zara Healy
Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDA) is adevelopmental disorder that is being increasingly recognised aspart of the autism spectrum. The main characteristic is acontinued resistance to the ordinary demands of life throughstrategies of social manipulation, which originates from ananxiety-driven need to be in control.This straightforward guide is written collaboratively byprofessionals and parents to give a complete overview of PDA.Starting with an exploration into the syndrome, it goes on toanswer the immediate questions triggered when a child is firstdiagnosed, 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-friendlyintroductory handbook is essential reading for families, carersand anyone who knows a child with PDA.