- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 968 KB
- Print Length: 186 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1785926756
- Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (21 Feb. 2019)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07JFRW9MZ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer reviews: 57 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,104 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As a clinician who has worked with complex young people and adults with Autism throughout my working life, I was delighted to be asked to review this book. I read it in one sitting. It is the most articulate, honest, entertaining (and sometimes funny) book about PDA I have read. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to gain an insight into how this profile impacts upon individuals, their families and those who work with or are involved in their education. -- Dr Judy Eaton, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
In this book Harry has told the fascinating story of his interesting and inspiring life. With great use of humour, grace, and emotion he gives brilliant insight into his Pathological Demand Avoidance, which I'm sure reading it would be helpful to many people. -- Liam Ragless, Autism Support Advisor, Assert Brighton and Hove --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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No two people with PDA are the same but I feel like my son has written to me from the future. It’s given me confidence that what I do is the right thing. Thank you harry I’m bursting with gratitude.
The book demonstrates how many of the systems in which we live; fail to support children and adults with PDA. It shows how, without the very distinct kind of support children and adults with PDA need, systems such as school and work can, unintentionally, cause immense harm.
Harry brings to life how PDA is so much more than demand avoidance and just how painful it can be to battle with a different and greatly misunderstood kind of Neurology. By contrast he also skillfully shares how, when a person with PDA is afforded sufficient freedom to learn and grow, greatness can be achieved.
Parents and professionals alike, have an opportunity to gain much greater insight into PDA, by learning from the content Harry so generously shares in his book.
It's easy to read and would even recommend this to teenagers who are in the Autism Spectrum.
Like others, I could not put this book down and I will be reading it again just to remind myself that our son doesn't "behave" like this on purpose...
Just an additional note: This book will not give you as a parent/carer/family member how to "deal" with PDA. It simply is a good story from someone with PDA and how it impacted his life
Harry has an amazing ability to communicate and shows empathy and insight beyond his years. Everyone can learn something from this book.
at a time in my life when I am feeling fairly disabled by my PDA symptoms. Could really relate to the way Harry exhibited different behaviour in different work an educational settings.Would love to get my life experiences down this way one day. I have followed a majorly different path but the similarities between the way our 'symptoms' through childhood to adult, often in polar opposite situations is both striking and helpful to me. Kind of wish I'd got the hard copy now so I could give it to my mum. Might have to get it as well :D
More information and insight like this is needed to influence recognition and policy change to help generations of children and Yong people.
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I have absolute confidence that this will transform many people's perceptions of not only themselves, but will also help parents of children understand PDA better. I really wish we had good support for diagnosing this in the U.S., but sadly that is still a monumental challenge here. Books like this are so badly needed for this reason.