8 Signs Your ASD Child May Actually Have Have Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) Cerebra PDA. Pathological demand avoidance - NAS. Here we look at pathological demand avoidance as a behaviour profile within the autism spectrum.
We explain what PDA is, the characteristics of PDA and how to begin the assessment process. We also look at guidelines for parents and education staff. What is pathological demand avoidance? Pathological demand avoidance (PDA) is increasingly, but not universally, accepted as a behaviour profile that is seen in some individuals on the autism spectrum. People with a PDA behaviour profile share difficulties with others on the autism spectrum in social communication, social interaction and restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviours, activities or interests. A Parent's Guide. Teacher's Guide to PDA. Part of the Autism Spectrum. Misunderstood "Misbehaviour" - Understanding PDA. 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. In this interview, Phil Christie, Margaret Duncan, Ruth Fidler and Zara Healy – the authors of Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome in Children – talk about this diagnostic profile from their varied perspectives as parents of and professionals working with children with PDA. Avoiding the subject (Margaret Duncan SEN magazine, 2013) PDA discriminant functions analysis.