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

Eliza Fricker is an illustrator and designer who has a child with PDA. In this book she explains that she wanted to help and...

The Teacher’s Introduction to Pathological Demand Avoidance: Essential Strategies For the...

Clare Truman is an experienced special needs teacher, specialising in autism and she is also the founder of a social enterprise and alternative education...

Point of view: student: Rights of non-autistic children and young persons...

Richard Woods highlights the occurrence of PDA in non-autistic children. Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a proposed mental disorder, which frequently invokes strong passions advocating...

Point of view: parent : PDA doesn’t exist, apparently

Tom Browne fights for his children’s education. Let me talk about my son George who is 13 and has autism with the Pathological Demand Avoidance...

Point of view : parent : Our Journey

Denise Mitchell highlights the battles she has faced to get the right education for her son. My son Matthew, 18, and has a diagnosis of...

Autism, anxiety and some surprising lockdown wins

We all know about the downsides of quarantine, but Karen Massey shares some surprising upsides to lockdown for children with autism.  A core component of...

The different faces of PDA

Natalie Menagh provides useful advice on how to identify and support children with pathological demand avoidance 

Who’s afraid of special schools?



Bernadette John outlines some of the key considerations when looking at a special school for your child

Pathological demand avoidance

If you have a young person whose behaviour you find hard to understand, you might want to consider PDA, writes Sally Russell

A tipping point for PDA?

Sally Russell looks at the shift in the diagnosis of pathological demand avoidance

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