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Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome in Children

By: Margaret Duncan,Zara Healy,Ruth Fidler,Phil Christie
Narrated by: John Telfer
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Summary

Straightforward guide to understanding PDA for anyone needing an overview of the condition. 

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 listening for families, carers and anyone who knows a child with PDA.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2011 Phil Christie, Margaret Duncan, Ruth Fidler, Zara Healy (P)2021 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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The best book about PDA

This book is amazing! I feel like it has been written about my child. It helped me to identify and understand what is going on in his brain. Since I read and listened (100 times) this book our life (and his behaviour) changed a lot. Highly recommend to everyone who has a little genius at home but he/she cannot comply in the school environment.
Also thank You for the clear and enjoyable narration! The best voice on audible.

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Brilliant

This was very interesting and helpful. Explains it very well about pathological demand avoidance. Really enjoyable.

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Great information book

gave a great insight into PDA and helpful strategies. a helpful PDF document to download too

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  • 13-09-22

Helpful guide

This is a good guide to give you a helpful understanding of PDA, and if you’re a parent looking to understand this condition, it’s a good place to start. The narration is clear and well-paced. Definitely recommended.

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An absolute must read for all involved with PDA

My sons educational psychologist report recommended this book to be read by his special school teachers and assistants. As a parent I felt it would be useful for me to read this too and I am so glad I have! In being diagnosed I was just told his diagnosis of ASD with pathological demand avoidance due to anxiety and was given no explanation or tools to support him. We have had disability social services support and many of their tools are for your typical ASD child and were not at all effective in meeting my sons needs. This book explains PDA and also strategies to be used. It talks about siblings and the pressure put on parents of children with the condition. I felt like I finally found a resource I need everyone to read before they judge how I negotiate and compromise on every part of my sons day! My mum has already read it and I feel overwhelmingly more supported. I am using strategies from the book with success and I feel we are managing our day to day better.

I think this is the one book (and I have read a lot) on PDA which all social workers, teachers, parents and wider family network should read. In better understanding PDA we can better support both the child/adult with PDA and their families!

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  • 26-10-21

Life changing!!

Just hearing the words pathological Demand Avoidance syndrome was a lightbulb moment! The thoroughness of the explanation of symptoms rang so true for my family. The interventions and strategies conveyed in this book are so helpful. I hope this is Maura recognized in the US very soon. I feel like I finally have a key to unlock the mysterious behaviors in my children. Thank you!

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  • notabaldpainter
  • 09-08-21

This is the one!!!

Parents, teachers, THIS is the book you want!!! I’ve read 6 books on PDA. This is what I was looking for!

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  • ZD Wagner
  • 31-08-22

Finally, Someone Who Understands My Kid!

So helpful on understanding the mind of someone who has PDA! Really good ideas on how to help manage the external systems and family dynamics.

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  • TRK
  • 30-07-22

Not for me

Not enough content info for me…too much talking to get to a point. I felt frustrated while listening and kept fast forwarding, only to end this book after a few chapters. I’ve listened to a few other PDA books that were helpful and easily processed.