Category Archives: Diagnosis

Requesting an Out of Area Referral

Asking for an out of area referral can be a tricky and complex process and the acceptance of any such request may be determined by specific factors. Most notably that your case is exceptional (that the individual is affected to a greater … Continue reading

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Importance of a Differential Diagnosis

Because the recommended handling strategies for PDA are different than those that are traditionally beneficial for individuals with a more typical presentation of ASC, a differential diagnosis is highly important. What if my child is already being, or is about … Continue reading

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Professionals who Diagnose PDA

PDA is an extremely complex condition that has behavioural overlaps with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), a typical presentation of Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). Therefore, PDA can easily be mistaken for … Continue reading

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Differences Between PDA and RAD

Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) is another condition that has behavioural overlaps with PDA, but perhaps what really distinguishes these two conditions from each other is the underlying cause.  PDA behaviours are as a result of an underlying Autism Spectrum Condition causing … Continue reading

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Differences between PDA and ODD

Why Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDA) is not the same as, or another way of, describing Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) PDA is not currently thought of, by the experts in this field in the UK, to be another name for … Continue reading

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Differences between Typical ASC v PDA

PDA is now classed as part of or one of the ‘Autism Spectrum Conditions’ (ASC) which is a concept that has been greatly helped by the recent changes to the National Autistic Society’s website.  PDA has been moved from the … Continue reading

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Refining an ASD diagnosis to reflect PDA

Many parents whose child already has a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), may decide that it is necessary to have this diagnosis refined to more accurately describe their child’s profile to better support their child and meet needs. … Continue reading

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