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Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome in Children


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Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. What is PDA? 2. Positive Everyday Strategies. 3. Living with PDA. 4. Providing the Best Education for a Child with PDA. 5. Developing Emotional Well-being and Self-awareness in Children with PDA. 6. Summing Up and Questions for the Future. Appendix 1: Useful Websites and Links. Appendix 2: Book List. References. Index.

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

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Phil Christie is Director of Sutherland House Children's Services, which has recently been awarded specialist status and was judged to be outstanding by OFSTED. He leads a team of Consultant Child Psychologists at the Elizabeth Newson Centre, which carries out training and research activities and has particular expertise in Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome. Phil is Associate Editor of 'Good Autism Practice', and became Chair of the Advisory Council of the Autism Education Trust in 2009. Dr Margaret Duncan MBchB, MRCGP, FSRH trained in Sheffield as a GP and is a parent to a child with PDA. She coordinates the PDA Contact Group (part of contact-a-family), an internet based group providing information and support for parents and professionals. Zara Healy, BA (Hons), PGCE, is a parent of a child with PDA. She trained as a journalist and worked for the BBC for nearly a decade as a radio and television reporter. Zara is now a full-time Senior Lecturer in Media Production at the University of Lincoln and she continues to freelance as a broadcast journalist.


[This book] written by professionals and parents, it is highly accessible, illustrated by a wealth of case studies and provides practical strategies and approaches covering both the home and school context for managing children with PDA. In terms of addressing the underlying anxiety-driven need of these children, there is a useful section on developing emotional well-being and self-awareness in children with PDA. This book provides a very useful overview and practical resource which all educational psychologists should find helpful -- Debate
This book is a useful addition to the literature available on understanding and managing PDA in children and will be an excellent resource for those working and living with children with PDA on a daily basis. -- Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Professionals working with children presenting PDA behaviour would be able to use the book as a "bible", since the sub-headings allow access to information quickly and easily... This book offers good guidance, understanding, advice and solutions to parents, teachers and everyone involved with a child presenting PDA. -- Special Children
This book is full of helpful guidance and support for anyone caring for, or working with, children with Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDS)... This is a comprehensive, user-friendly introductory handbook that offers practical advice for overcoming difficulties from diagnosis through to adulthood. -- Cerebra
Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome, as a sub-group on the autism spectrum, is now recognised, as are the implications for management and support, particularly in education settings. This book is invaluable in helping parents and professionals identify, understand and support this very complex group. -- Dr Jacqui Ashton Smith, Principal, Helen Allison School, National Autistic Society

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