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Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

Article provided by The National Autistic Society website

Pathological demand avoidance (PDA) is a profile that describes those whose main characteristic is to avoid everyday demands and expectations to an extreme extent. This section explains what a PDA profile is and the assessment process. It also links to some personal accounts from adults with PDA. 

Strategies and approaches  

Many parents and teachers find that some of the recommended strategies used with autistic children are not effective for a child with a PDA profile. We explore some useful resources for supporting those with a PDA profile in our guides below. 

This page gives you an overview. For more information, see the links below.

Click here to view the Full article from The National Autistic Society 

If you are a parent/carer looking for support and advice, click here to visit the Support for parent/carers information page.

There is also a Local Autism Support information page, click here to visit the page.

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