Tuesday 31 May 2022

Information about Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

For the past few months I have been trying to focus on writing my book about Pathological Demand Avoidance, and that means I've sadly had to neglect my blog for a while. I'm entering the final stages of writing this week, but I'm guessing there might be edits to make over the coming months (I'm just hoping it won't need to be a complete rewrite...). We still need to make a final decision about the title and cover and I'm hoping some of Sasha's artwork can be used somewhere in the book! Not sure when the book will actually be published, it could be later this year or early next year, but of course I will keep you updated.

Face shot of Steph, a 40 something mum with grey hair, smiling at the camera as she peers over the top of a pile of books about PDA

Writing the book has not been an easy process and I've discovered it's definitely not the same as blog writing! I've shared lots of our story from the diagnosis and early years on through school experiences, and tried to include some general advice about how we have managed to live happily with PDA, and what we've found most difficult. There's so much more we've experienced that I haven't been able to find space for in my book though, so I'll be sharing some of that over on my Facebook page in the next few weeks.

I should be book writing at this very moment but after a couple of recent requests from people new to the PDA world, it's occurred to me that my blog is not currently doing a great job of pointing people in the direction of helpful information. So I wanted to try to rectify that by adding this post with some links for where to start reading. This post will tell you more about the book I am currently writing: Want to read more about Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)?

If you want to know more about what PDA actually is, these two posts could help:

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) Characteristics

What is PDA? Does my child have Pathological Demand Avoidance?

For details of books that are currently published about the topic of PDA, see this:

Books about the Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) profile of autism

If you have a child who is struggling but you are not sure whether it is PDA or not, this post might help guide you:

Autism with demand avoidance or Pathological Demand Avoidance?

If you are hoping for some ideas on how to make life run more smoothly, these two posts give some ideas:

Strategies for PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance)

Rewards and Consequences with PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance)

If you are struggling with violent or challenging behaviour, this one might help:

Challenging Behaviour and PDA

I'll just end by saying that I'm always open to questions and I can be contacted either through my Facebook blog page or via email on stephstwogirls@gmail.com.

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