The Family Experience of PDA: An Illustrated Guide to Pathological Demand Avoidance


Eliza Fricker is an illustrator and designer who has a child with PDA. In this book she explains that she wanted to help and support stressed parents raising children who are ‘demand avoidant’, based on her own experiences.

The book is illustrated with simple cartoons that reinforce particular points and act as summaries of these. Fricker emphasises the need for parents to be consistent, kind and even-tempered, whilst at the same time recognising that they should remain alert to their own self-care needs.

Chapters include:

  • Tolerance Levels
  • Meltdowns
  • Sensory Needs
  • Anxiety
  • Positives

This is a practical guide that would be of value to parents, extended family members and also in school settings, as it is packed with sensible advice on dealing with challenging situations, combined with a sense of fun and levity.

Author: E. Fricker
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-78775-677-9
Price: £11.99

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