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Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome in Children: A Guide for Parents, Teachers and Other Professionals (Jkp Essentials) [Paperback]

Phil Christie
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15 Sep 2011 1849050740 978-1849050746
This straightforward guide offers a complete overview of Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDA) and gives practical advice for overcoming the difficulties it poses in a wide range of contexts from diagnosis through to adulthood. Starting with an exploration into the background of PDA that answers many of the immediate questions triggered when a child is first diagnosed, this book goes on to look at the impact of the condition on different areas of the child's life and what can be done to help. The authors present useful information on early intervention options and workable strategies for managing PDA positively on a day-to-day basis. They also examine ways to minimize common difficulties that may be encountered at home and school, making life easier for the child, family and peers. The final chapters tackle new problems that can arise when the teenage years hit and how to assist a successful transition from adolescence to adulthood. Illustrative case examples are included throughout, and this book concludes with a list of valuable resources for further information and advice. Full of helpful guidance and support, this user-friendly introductory handbook is essential reading for anyone caring for, or working with, children with PDA.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd (15 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849050740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849050746
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,223 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue but well worth the wait 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light at the end of a very dark tunnel 12 Dec 2012
By Andy
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars At last a book that describes my child 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Understanding PDA 20 Nov 2012
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This book brings together all of the research and knowledge accumulated by the foremost experts in PDA in the UK, covering diagnostic elements, how to cope with PDA children in the home and at school, educating PDA children, and helping PDA children to come to terms with, and understand,their PDA as they get older, plus a section at the end providing useful websites and books, and looking at the future research which needs to be carried out. It has real case studies from parents with PDA children which also provide useful insights. Although this is the most comprehensive book on the subject currently available, do not expect it to provide all of the answers to all of your questions. The fact is that not all of the answers exist, and each child will have their own variation of behaviours and anxieties, so this book can only be a guide and a source of valuable information, not an "instruction manual for your child". Having said that, if your child has PDA, or you are involved with caring for or educating a child with PDA, then I would regard this book as "essential reading". You need to be armed with the knowledge and advice that this book provides.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book! 24 Jan 2012
By Derrick
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point 19 Dec 2011
By tegdirb
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Working with a pupil on this spectrum I found the book helpful in understanding the behaviours and it gave strategies to use in difficult situations. The case studies also gave an insight to the condition and how it affects young people. The book was well laid out with sub-titles so that you can easily dip into it; not too wordy. The book is a good starting point in trying to understanding the condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the only book for PDA 16 April 2014
By mum
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a MUST BUY!!!!
An excellent book... a compulsory read for parents with PDA kids without support. Really well written with lots of information, and resources for a variety of contexts and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Holly F
5.0 out of 5 stars PDA book
A good read wether you're going from cover or if you just need to read a snippet from a certain chapter. A good reference guide.
Published 5 months ago by Theresa Ives
4.0 out of 5 stars An insight
An excellent insight into the mind of a child with PDA. Unfortunately the young person I wanted the book for is a fifteen year old girl coming late to diagnosis therefore not as... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs WE Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars PDAS
This book is a must read for anyone with children with Autistic behaviour that they think maybe PDAS. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kathy of Bracknell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a very helpful book giving a good insight, easy to read. Have past it into a friend who is doing a degree who is also finding it really useful. Would recommend.
Published 12 months ago by Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
This is an informative, easily read book. Definitely the best book I have read on the subject of PDA. A must have book for parents, teachers and any working with a child with PDA
Published 13 months ago by Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for parents.
This is the first book I've found on PDA and I've found it excellent. I gave it to my son's teacher and headteacher. Read more
Published 14 months ago by nwins
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever
Solid recommend to any parent struggling to understand their child's anger issues, avoiding behaviour or school refusal. Invaluable reading.

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Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must read' book
This is a fantastic book which highlights exactly what PDA is, how it affects the child and family and gives a useful insight in how to manage the very challenging behviours this... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Clare
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent find!
Excellent book that gives a very good insight into the workings of PDA. From finding this book and reading it it we have managed to find help and support for our son.
Published 15 months ago by carol hames
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