Tag Archives: ASC

Meltdowns

What is a Meltdown? A meltdown is when an individual looses all control and is at the pinnacle of fight or flight. All sense of reason and the ability to regulate their emotions may be completely lost. What is a … Continue reading

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What’s in a Demand

Individuals with PDA have an anxiety driven need to avoid the demands of everyday life. The avoidance of these demands and what the individual may constitute as being a demand can be far more wide reaching than parents may initially … Continue reading

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Social Anxiety and Isolation

Many children with PDA may become so anxious about social situations combined with the associated demand of going out that they become completely housebound.  This can be especially worrying for parents to deal with and may be deeply distressing and … Continue reading

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The Reality of Navigating the Health Service

Warning – this is a long post! If your child has an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) navigating your way successfully through children’s health services can be time consuming, stressful and often only serves to further compound an already fraught and … Continue reading

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Campaigning for PDA Awareness

PDA awareness, recognition and understanding has come a long way in the last seven years, which was when I first heard about it.  However, assessment and diagnosis is still very much a post code lottery and greatly dependant on which … Continue reading

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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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Personal Hygiene

‘You can lead a child with PDA to water but you can’t make him wash’ Neville Starnes,  PDA Society’s Parent Conference, 2015. This comment during Neville’s talk, as a guest speaker, at the PDA Society’s first ever Parents Conference went down … Continue reading

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