Pathological Demand Avoidance: A Guide for Parents and Carers
SEO blog writing for Think Psychologists.
PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) is a profile on the autism spectrum, characterised by children who avoid the demands and expectations of everyday life to an extreme extent.
Also known as Extreme Demand Avoidance, PDA commonly presents as highly anxious behaviour and a need for control, especially in unpredictable situations.
While demand avoidance is common in all children, it reaches an all-consuming (extreme) level in kids living with PDA. Conventional strategies and tools rarely help, leaving parents, carers and educators feeling helpless.
In this post, we explore features of the PDA profile, testing and diagnosis, and the pathway to support.
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