Category Archives: 3. Strategies, Understanding, Resources, Discussion and More

Siblings

In any family it can be difficult to balance the needs of individual children within the family unit.  This can be even more difficult for a family when they have a child with PDA. The effects on siblings can be … Continue reading

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Sensory Issues

Many children on the spectrum may experience sensory issues to some degree or another. It is important to try to establish what sensory issues your child may have in order to address these issues.  Sensory issues can result in sensory … Continue reading

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Transitions

Transitions could be a real flash-point in our household.  Transitioning from the house to the car could take forever and often would not happen at all.  The build up to leaving the house could involve one delay tactic after another. … Continue reading

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Obsessions

Just like other individuals on the spectrum, those fitting the PDA profile may also have obsessions with varying things.  When my daughter was younger these obsessions would be mainly focused on people.  She would either obsessively like someone or obsessively … Continue reading

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Sleep

Many individuals on the Autistic Spectrum including those with PDA appear to have real issues with going to sleep or staying asleep.  This can result in nightly bedtime battles, broken sleep for the child and the parents and in some … Continue reading

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Why Rewards & Consequences Don’t Work

Traditional ‘Rewards and Consequences’ (as they relate to an individual with PDA) It is fairly well documented by professionals, experienced in Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome that rewards and consequences do not tend to help the individual with PDA to modify their … Continue reading

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Stealing, lying and practical jokes

Stealing and hiding things This question often pops up in support groups and is something that I have personally experienced with my own daughter. At first it was very puzzling because the items that frequently disappeared wouldn’t always necessarily be … Continue reading

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