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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (15 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849050740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849050746
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 1.2 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Phil Christie is Director of Sutherland House Children's Services, which has recently been awarded specialist status and was judged to be outstanding by OFSTED. He leads a team of Consultant Child Psychologists at the Elizabeth Newson Centre, which carries out training and research activities and has particular expertise in Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome. Phil is Associate Editor of 'Good Autism Practice' and became Chair of the Advisory Council of the Autism Education Trust in 2009. Dr Margaret Duncan MBchB, MRCGP, FSRH trained in Sheffield as a GP and is a parent to a child with PDA. She coordinates the PDA Contact Group (part of contact-a-family), an internet based group providing information and support for parents and professionals. Zara Healy, BA (Hons), PGCE, is a parent of a child with PDA. She trained as a journalist and worked for the BBC for nearly a decade as a radio and television reporter. Zara is now a full-time Senior Lecturer in Media Production at the University of Lincoln and she continues to freelance as a broadcast journalist.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By dirtmother on 17 Oct 2011
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There has long been a need for a book to explain Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome. For the first book on the subject to be so very well written is an especial delight and I could recommend it to anyone without reservation.

It steers a very careful, honest yet pragmatic course through the political minefield of the autism industry, with a clear message that PDA requires a different approach to most other conditions under the pervasive developmental disorder/ASD umbrella. The quotations from parents are well-used to illustrate the impact on families, what might work, what generally does not and the additional sometimes unbearable burden which other people's, particularly professionals', misunderstanding can create.

There are plenty of areas within the subject that could stand more detailed examination but the authors have rightly opted to produce a manageable and eminently readable volume which there can be no excuse for anyone involved in assessing or educating unusually developing children not to read and which will provide a burst of clarity and empathy for parents struggling with wrongly or undiagnosed children.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andy on 12 Dec 2012
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After a long time of not understanding why our 6 yr daughter with Aspergers does not respond to any of the strategies that work with her autistic brother, PDA is mentioned. After reading the first few pages it became obvious that PDA was the reason. Now we face the battle for the paediatrician to get on side with this. Please buy this book and read it
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Liz Lyons on 25 Jun 2013
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For years we have been struggling to understand out youngest son - he has a diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome but routines and some strategies just didn't work. Then the school found that strategies for PDA worked with him, I searched the web but just didn't find anything as concise or informative as this book. it could have been written about my family I think that's why I found it so useful, it's real not full of theories. I'm so glad I found it.

This book goes a long way to explain PDA, it has useful strategies but most importantly for me this book acknowledges how challenging living with and managing a child with PDA is - at last!!.

I have recommended this book to the LA outreach worker, It's a must for teachers, LSA's and everybody working with a child like mine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trace Smith-mcquillan on 30 Dec 2012
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At last a book to explain my daughters problems with control an behaviour. I have a child who doesn't have an ASD diagnosis but lots of trains and problems that don't fit into any box, at last a book that will help me go onto th eight direction to get her help, would also recommend the explosive child to read alongside this one.
A must for any parents struggling with a child with ASD / behaviour issues/ ADHD which normal parenting tequniques don't work...take a look at this book or google PDA, u might be surprised.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mum on 16 April 2014
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If you believe your child may have PDA you need to read this book. It is written by experts in the field who really understand and let's face it no one else really does!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Derrick on 24 Jan 2012
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Great read. Answered a lot of questions for me about my son who has actually been diagnosed with ASD...Definitely recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amy keers on 26 May 2014
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Prompt delivery, excellent condition, well written, very accessible with strong theoretical information and behaviour management strategies for professionals and parents
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Coley on 3 July 2014
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For my daughter who has discovered our grandson has all the PDAS symptoms. Invaluable reference book.
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