Foreword by Judith Gould. Introduction. 1. Introducing Issy. 2. Friendships. 3. Playing. 4. This is my PDA. 5. How to help me. 6. School. 7. Extra support. 8. Sensory differences. 9. Meltdowns. 10. How other people can help. Recommended resources, reading and websites.
Introduce Pathological Demand Avoidance to children, friends and family, though the eyes and words of a child with PDA
Ruth Fidler is Education Consultant at Sutherland House School, Norsaca Children's Services. She has worked with children across the autism spectrum including those with PDA since 1993. Ruth is actively involved in delivering training nationally about PDA to parents and professionals. She also works directly with children and young people with complex autism and PDA where her areas of focus include developing self awareness, interactive approaches, emotional well being and promoting an understanding of how the autism spectrum affects individuals. She lives in Nottingham, UK with her 3 children. Phil Christie is a Consultant Child Psychologist to the Elizabeth Newson Centre (ENC) and also works on an independent basis. Through the centre he provides diagnostic assessments of children from across the UK and has a particular specialism in PDA. Phil delivers training nationally on PDA and promoting emotional well-being in children with autism. He is a member of the programme board of the Autism Education Trust and also lives in Nottingham, UK.
PDA is another part of the jigsaw within the autistic spectrum. This book offers us an
"insider perspective" which enriches our understanding and knowledge. It is full of helpful advice and practical approaches, and I would highly recommend it to teachers, parents and all professionals working with children with PDA, (or who, from reading this book, realise that they are!).
This is a delightful book that provides both detailed and very useful information about PDA from the perspective of 11 year old Issy. Issy's insights are fascinating reading and will definitely help professionals, parents and children themselves in understanding this complex condition. Issy's feedback is very down to earth and very believable, for example, she says "Some days it's like I have sore feet and no shoes on. Moving forward on those days is really hard." She tells the reader a great deal about PDA and how to manage it within a basic narrative about her life at school and at home. The illustrations are clear and simple, assisting in providing a glimpse into Issy's emotional world and insights.
In addition, two very experienced and knowledgeable professionals provide excellent insights and resources in areas such assessment and intervention in PDA. They manage to capture their many years of experience and insights into this complex condition in a focused chapter which will be invaluable to all involved in working in this area. Their focus on explaining the 'altered approach' is very helpful, providing insights into how PDA is part of the autistic spectrum and that this is important in managing the condition.
This is a concise and authoritative overview into understanding PDA, a complex condition, which continues to challenge many families and professionals.