Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome in Children

A Guide for Parents, Teachers and Other Professionals
Author: Margaret Duncan,Zara Healy,Ruth Fidler,Phil Christie
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9780857002532
Category: Education
Page: 208
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This straightforward guide offers a complete overview of Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDA) and gives practical advice for overcoming the difficulties it poses in a wide range of contexts from diagnosis through to adulthood. Starting with an exploration into the background of PDA that answers many of the immediate questions triggered when a child is first diagnosed, the book goes on to look at the impact of the condition on different areas of the child's life and what can be done to help. The authors present useful information on early intervention options and workable strategies for managing PDA positively on a day-to-day basis. They also examine ways to minimize common difficulties that may be encountered at home and school, making life easier for the child, family and peers. The final chapters tackle new problems that can arise when the teenage years hit and how to assist a successful transition from adolescence to adulthood. Illustrative case examples are included throughout, and the book concludes with a list of valuable resources for further information and advice. Full of helpful guidance and support, this user-friendly introductory handbook is essential reading for anyone caring for, or working with, children with PDA.

Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome - My Daughter is Not Naughty


Author: Jane Alison Sherwin
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1784500852
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 328
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Jane Alison Sherwin's honest and uplifting account provides insight into the challenges of bringing up a child with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA). After years of misdiagnosis, Jane's daughter, Mollie, was diagnosed with PDA at the age of seven, and we follow her experiences pre and post diagnosis to age 10 as she attends school, interacts with the outside world and approaches adolescence. Throughout, Jane provides commentary on her daughter's behaviour and the impact it has on her family, explaining the 'why' of PDA traits, including the need for control, meltdowns, obsessive behaviour and sensory issues. She reveals the strategies that have worked for Mollie and provides essential advice and information on obtaining a diagnosis and raising awareness of PDA. The book also includes an interview with Mollie. Full of advice and support, and with a focus on understanding the child and how he or she sees the world, this book will be of immeasurable value to the parents and families of children with PDA as well as the professionals working with them, particularly teachers and teaching assistants, SEN co-ordinators, psychologists, outreach workers and social workers.

Can I tell you about Pathological Demand Avoidance syndrome?

A guide for friends, family and professionals
Author: Ruth Fidler,Phil Christie
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 085700929X
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 56
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Meet Issy – an 11-year-old girl with pathological demand avoidance syndrome (PDA), a condition on the autism spectrum. Issy invites readers to learn about PDA from her perspective, helping them to understand how simple, everyday demands can cause her great anxiety and stress. Issy tells readers about all the ways she can be helped and supported by those around her. This illustrated book is for readers aged 7 and upwards, and will be an excellent way to increase understanding about PDA in the classroom or at home. It also includes practical tips and recommended resources for parents and professionals.

PDA by PDAers

From Anxiety to Avoidance and Masking to Meltdowns
Author: Sally Cat
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1784509345
Category: Psychology
Page: 352
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"To think of PDA as merely involving demand avoidance is to me akin to thinking of tigers as merely having stripes." This book is a unique window into adult Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), exploring the diversity of distinct PDA traits through the voices of over 70 people living with and affected by the condition. Sally Cat, an adult with PDA, has successfully captured the essence of a popular online support group in book form, making the valuable insights available to a wider audience, and creating a much-needed resource for individuals and professionals. Candid discussions cover issues ranging from overload and meltdowns, to work, relationships and parenting. This is a fascinating and sometimes very moving read.

Why Do I Have To?

A Book for Children Who Find Themselves Frustrated by Everyday Rules
Author: Laurie Leventhal-Belfer
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9781846428265
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 80
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'If you want a child with Asperger’s syndrome to comply with a social or family rule, it is very important to explain the logical reason to comply. Laurie’s book provides the logic for compliance that will be invaluable for parents and teachers. I know this book will become regular bed time reading and be used many times at home and at school.' - Professor Tony Attwood 'Dr. Laurie clearly understands how children with limited flexibility and difficulty coping think and respond. She has used her clinical experience to teach us how to help these children succeed. Dr. Laurie has provided a format, similar to Social Stories (TM), for reducing stress in daily life and for minimizing conflict stemming from unwritten or everyday rules. While there is no one solution for every child, the stories can be easily adapted for each child. She encourages children to be participants in determining solutions to their problems by providing simple, not simplistic, methods that work.' -Teri Wiss, M.A., O.T.R./L., Director of Development is CHILD'S PLAY! Why do I have to go to school before the show that I am watching is over? Why do I have to wear shoes and a jacket when I go outside? Rules like these can be really frustrating - but they don't have to be! Why do I have to? looks at a set of everyday situations that provide challenges for children at home, with their friends, and at school. Laurie Leventhal-Belfer empathizes with children's wish to do things their way, explains clearly why their way does not work, and provides a list of practical suggestions for how to cope with these challenges and avoid feelings of frustration. This is the ideal book for children who have difficulty coping with the expectations of daily living, as well as for their parents and the professionals who work with them.

Collaborative Approaches to Learning for Pupils with PDA

Strategies for Education Professionals
Author: Ruth Fidler,Phil Christie
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1784502618
Category: Psychology
Page: 176
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Educational environments can present challenges for children with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), who require different strategies than children with a more straightforward presentation of autism, and schools frequently find themselves struggling to meet their complex needs. In this guide PDA experts Ruth Fidler and Phil Christie outline effective strategies for supporting pupils with PDA in education settings. Including a useful overview of PDA, this book outlines the impact of this diagnostic profile on learning, and explains why Collaborative Approaches to Learning is such a successful method for supporting pupils with PDA. It shows how teaching professionals can get started with this approach, with advice for implementing key strategies to overcome common challenges. The book also includes information on creating PDA-friendly learning environments, helping pupils to develop long-term social and emotional resilience. With handy downloadable resources, valuable information on supporting the wellbeing of adults who work with children with PDA, this is an essential resource for teaching and support staff in mainstream and special education schools.

Lost at School

Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them
Author: Ross W. Greene
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501101498
Category: Education
Page: 336
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The author of The Explosive Child counsels parents and educators on how to best safeguard the interests of children with behavioral, emotional, and social challenges, in a guide that identifies the misunderstandings and practices that are contributing to a growing number of challenged student failures. 60,000 first printing.

First Steps in Intervention with Your Child with Autism

Frameworks for Communication
Author: Phil Christie,Elizabeth Newson,Wendy Prevezer
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1849050112
Category: Psychology
Page: 199
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This book addresses communication and language development of children with autism, from teaching non-verbal communication such as pointing, to moving towards spoken language. It champions initial intervention at an early stage of communication, but the many practical ideas and strategies can be applied to children of school age.

What to Do about Smearing

A Practical Guide for Parents and Caregivers of People with Autism, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities
Author: Kate E. Reynolds
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1784503959
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 168
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Addressing the often hidden, yet not uncommon, behaviour of faecal smearing among children and adults with autism and developmental and intellectual disabilities, this practical handbook shows how to tackle this often embarrassing and difficult issue in a positive way. Informing parents and caregivers of the many causes of smearing, the author offers tried-and-tested, everyday approaches for managing this behaviour. This supportive guidebook includes down-to-earth advice, helpful picture narratives, examples of how to prepare and use diary sheets for behaviour analysis, and practical exercises that can be carried out at home. There is also advice on what to do if a child ingests faeces, and dealing with persistent or recurring smearing. With a focus on positive low-arousal responses and featuring the voices of parents who have experience of their child's smearing, families will feel supported and confident in identifying the causes of smearing, and be able to choose and carry out appropriate preventative approaches. This will also be a useful resource for professionals who encounter smearing behaviour, including social workers and SEN and teaching staff.

Me and My PDA

A Guide to Pathological Demand Avoidance for Young People
Author: Glòria Durà-Vilà
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1784508497
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 144
View: 9180
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This beautifully illustrated guide helps young people with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) to understand their diagnosis, develop self-awareness and implement their own personalised problem-solving strategies. Written in consultation with young people with PDA and their families, this book recognises the importance of handing control back to the young person, and that there is no one-size-fits-all PDA profile. Readers are encouraged to engage throughout with interactive writing, doodling and checklist exercises to explore their own particular characteristics, strengths and challenges. Me and My PDA is sensitively tailored to the needs and experiences of young people (aged 10+) with PDA. The guide is designed to grow with the reader, and can be used for many years as the young person develops and changes - making it invaluable to PDA-diagnosed individuals and their families.

The Explosive Child

A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children
Author: Ross W. Greene, PhD
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062339796
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 304
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Screaming, swearing, crying, hitting, kicking, spitting, biting...these are some of the challenging behaviors we see in kids who are having difficulty meeting our expectations. These behaviors often leave parents feeling frustrated, angry, overwhelmed, and desperate for answers. In this fully revised and updated book, Dr. Ross Greene helps you understand why and when your child does these things and how to respond in ways that are nonpunitive, nonadversarial, humane, and effective. Dr. Greene describes how best to: Understand the factors that contribute to challenging episodes. Identify the specific situations in which challenging episodes are likely to occur. Reduce or eliminate challenging episodes by solving the problems that cause them. Solve problems collaboratively (rather than unilaterally) and proactively (rather than reactively). Help your child develop the skills to be more flexible, solve problems, and handle frustration more adaptively. Reduce hostility and antagonism between you and your child. With Dr. Greene's practical, expert guidance, you and your child will forge a new relationship based on communication and mutual respect.

The Red Beast

Controlling Anger in Children with Asperger's Syndrome
Author: K. I. Al-Ghani,Haitham Al-Ghani
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1843109433
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 48
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Presents techniques and strategies that young children who suffer from Asperger's syndrome can use when they find themselves becoming angry.

Executive Function "Dysfunction" - Strategies for Educators and Parents


Author: Rebecca Moyes
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1784500453
Category: Education
Page: 128
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Concise and accessible, this plain English guide will help parents and educators to understand and support children with executive function difficulties at home and in the classroom. The author describes the cognitive processes that make up the executive functions, including attention, behavioral inhibition, theory of mind, organizational skills, time management, planning, decision-making, and self-talk. Using real examples, she describes how difficulties in each of these areas may manifest, and offers practical hints, tips, and accommodations for supporting children both in and out of school. Containing a wealth of helpful information as well as tried-and-tested strategies, this is the perfect primer for parents and educators of children with executive function difficulties.

My Child's Different

The lessons learned from one family's struggle to unlock their son's potential
Author: Elaine Halligan
Publisher: Crown House Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1785833448
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 192
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Elaine Halligan’s My Child’s Different: The lessons learned from one family’s struggle to unlock their son’s potential explores the enabling role that parents can play in getting the best out of children who are seen as ‘different’ or ‘difficult’. Foreword by Dr Laura Markham. Society favours children, and adults, who conform. The notion that our children may be shunned for being ‘different’ breaks our hearts, but there is plenty we can do to help such children develop into thriving, resilient adults. In My Child’s Different Elaine shares the true story of her son Sam, who by the age of seven had been excluded from three schools and was later labelled with a whole host of conditions – ranging from autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) to pathological demand avoidance (PDA), before finally being diagnosed with dyslexia. He had become ‘the Alphabet Kid’. His family never gave up on him, however ... Drawing lessons from Sam’s transformational journey from difficult child to budding entrepreneur, My Child’s Different offers encouragement to parents who may be concerned about what the future might hold, and demonstrates how – with the right support and positive parenting skills – their children can grow up to surprise and delight them. The book chronicles Sam’s journey from birth to adulthood, allowing readers to spot past and present patterns that may be comparable with their own children’s experiences, and provides pragmatic parenting advice that will be of benefit to any parent whose children – who may or may not have a diagnosed learning difficulty – struggle with life educationally or socially. Elaine writes with warmth and compassion as she revisits the challenges faced, the obstacles overcome and the key interventions that helped instil in Sam a sense of self-belief, a drive to succeed and an emotional intelligence beyond his years. Interspersed throughout the narrative are the reflections and insights of parenting expert Melissa Hood, who illustrates the key concepts from Sam’s story and shares practical positive parenting techniques to help parents better connect with their children. Also included are contributions from Sam himself – providing an additional, uniquely rich perspective that will help deepen parents’ understanding of their children’s feelings and emotions. Suitable for parents, educators and anyone who works with children, My Child’s Different is a celebration of all the unique qualities that those who are different bring to society. Chapters include: 1. Us, and Our Blue-Eyed Boy (The Calm Before the Storm); 2. I’m Sure It’ll All Be Fine (Pre-School); 3. Naughty, Stupid Little Child (Primary School); 4. There Has to Be Another Way (Out of School); 5. This Changes Everything (Back to School); 6. Revealing the Diamond (Secondary School); 7. Moving On Up (Sixth Form); 8. Anything Is Possible (Adulthood).

A Guide to Living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (Hypermobility Type)

Bending without Breaking (2nd edition)
Author: Isobel Knight
Publisher: Singing Dragon
ISBN: 0857011804
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 312
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Covering everything from recognising symptoms and obtaining initial diagnosis to living with the condition on a daily basis, this complete guide to living with and managing Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (Hypermobility Type - formerly known as Type III) has been revised and fully-updated in this accessible new edition. The author, who has the condition, looks at how it affects children and adolescents and explores pain management, pregnancy, physical and psychological aspects, and how it widely affects dancers and other performance artists. New material includes: changes in terminology information on how osteopathy and nutrition can help psychological approaches beyond CBT how to deal with professionals what to expect from support groups and rehabilitation programmes This new edition will be a must for anybody who suffers, or suspects they might be suffering from, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (Hypermobility Type) and provides everything needed to enjoy a fulfilling life with this complex condition. It will also be of interest to their families and friends, and professionals working with Hypermobility Type EDS.

He's Not Naughty

A Children's Guide to Autism
Author: Deborah Brownson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781785928727
Category:
Page: 72
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Fed up of everyone not understanding her friend Jake, Taryn candidly explains her understanding of autism, and why Jake's behaviour isn't naughty! This book is quick and fun way for children aged 6-10 to learn about autism and the vibrant illustrations provide a unique visual representation of what it's like to be autistic.

Social Behaviour and Self-Management

5-Point Scales for Adolescents and Adults
Author: Kari Dunn Buron,Jane Thierfeld Brown,Mitzi Curtis,Lisa King
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781934575918
Category: Autism in adolescence
Page: 71
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Practical tools and other resources to help adolescents and adults improve their social success through better self-regulation, improved interpretation of social cues and other interpersonal skills, in order to lead successful independent lives.

Transforming the Difficult Child

The Nurtured Heart Approach
Author: Howard Glasser,Jennifer Easley
Publisher: Worth Publishers
ISBN: 9781903269107
Category: Behavior disorders in children
Page: 256
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This book enables parents and carers of 'really difficult' children to help their child succeed and flourish. The nurtured heart approach has helped thousands of families in America who previously felt their child was stuck. This new UK edition reflects parents' increasing need for effective ways of parenting their intense children without needing to turn to medication.

The Illustrated Guide to Dyslexia and Its Amazing People


Author: Kate Power,Kathy Iwanczak Forsyth
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1784506478
Category: Young Adult Nonfiction
Page: 72
View: 470
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Use this guide to weed out what dyslexia means for you and discover the tools you need to blossom! Dyslexia comes to live with visual imagery and colourful text in this new book on what dyslexia means, how it feels, what to do about it, and how to learn to embrace it. There are advantages to being dyslexic, including an aptitude for design literacy and innovative thinking, although these can be obscured by its challenges. This beautifully designed book, complete with stunning visuals and gentle humour, approaches the subject of dyslexia in a simple and encouraging way for all age groups. By showing what dyslexia is and asking the reader how it applies to them, this book offers a fun and engaging means of working out how dyslexia affects the individual specifically, with a multitude of learning tools and tips, and a gallery of inspirational dyslexics who have used their particular skills to do something amazing with their lives.

The PDA Paradox

My Free-Spirited Life on a Little-Known Part of the Autism Spectrum
Author: Harry Thompson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781785926754
Category:
Page: 184
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Diagnosed with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) in his teenage years, Harry Thompson looks back with wit and humour at the ups and downs of family and romantic relationships, school, work and mental health, as well as his teenage struggle with drugs and alcohol. By embracing neurodiversity and emphasising that autistic people are not flawed human beings, Thompson demonstrates that some merely need to take the "scenic route" in order to flourish and reach their full potential. The memoir brings to life Harry's past experiences and feelings, from his torrid time at school to the peaceful and meaningful moments when he is alone with a book, writing or creating YouTube videos. Eloquent and insightful, ...and I'm Harry! Unqualified will bring readers to shock, laughter and tears through its overwhelming honesty. It is a turbulent memoir, but it ends with hope and a positive outlook to the future.