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Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome - My Daughter is Not Naughty Paperback – 21 Feb 2015
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Knowledge and understanding of PDA is still at an early stage, but there are exciting developments happening in diagnostic understanding, greater awareness of successful educational approaches and the perspective that is now being gained from further research...Jane Sherwin's book, the account of the mother of Mollie, a ten-year-old girl with PDA, will add to that knowledge by highlighting the perspective of a parent, as well as giving fascinating glimpses into how the world seems from Mollie's point of view. --from the foreword and introduction by Phil Christie, Consultant Child Psychologist, The Elizabeth Newson Centre, UK
Knowledge and understanding of PDA is still at an early stage, but there are exciting developments happening in diagnostic understanding, greater awareness of successful educational approaches and the perspective that is now being gained from further research...Jane Sherwin's book, the account of the mother of Mollie, a ten-year-old girl with PDA, will add to that knowledge by highlighting the perspective of a parent, as well as giving fascinating glimpses into how the world seems from Mollie's point of view. (from the foreword and introduction by Phil Christie, Consultant Child Psychologist, The Elizabeth Newson Centre, UK)
My Daughter is Not Naughty charts the up and down journey of Jane and her daughter Mollie as they discover, and then begin learning to live with, Pathological Demand Avoidance syndrome. It is a down-to-earth read that tackles difficult issues with refreshing honesty, but is delivered with the warmth and sensitivity of a mother's touch. This may be Jane and Mollie's story, but the degree to which it will resonate with other "PDA parents," means it could easily be their story too. (Neville Starnes, PDA parent and member of the PDA Society’s management committee, UK)
Sherwin comes to this subject as a parent as opposed to a professional and her knowledge is self-taught as she came to terms with her daughter's difficulties... (The author) outlines the strategies that she has developed to cope with Mollie's meltdowns and anxieties and her 'huge issues' with sleep... Sherwin writes frankly about how Mollie's PDA has affected her personally and her family and this book is a moving and informative guide. (Mary Mountstephen, author, editor SEN Magazine)
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This neurodevelopmental illness must be recognised. It does exist, we live with it every day,. Shocking lack of understanding throughought NHS and Educational System.
All CAMHS , Adult Mental Health Services , NHS , Teachers, Educational Psychologists should read this.
This is a wonderful, wonderful book. A true account of what it is like to live with a child with PDA (yeah). Tissues for tears and a pen and notepaper to take notes or underline various sections are a must. The book includes: The key features which help to point to this spectrum. The UPS as well as the downs as Mum and Mollie engage with various authorities. School life and the Mums ultimate decision to unschool. Impact on siblings. Family life. Mental health of Mum. How the wider family can help and understand. The endearing and quaint side of PDA. Hope for the future. The book ends with frequently asked questions and these are answered by Phil Christie and Ruth Fidler.
I heartily recommend this to any parents.
Thank you Jane for putting your story out there for parents in despair who would love the world to know that "their child is not naughty".
A huge sigh of relief that we are not the only family out there xxxx
Well done Jane! Definately recommending this to family, professionals and friends.
Not all children with PDA are like Mollie; this is true. Indeed it could almost be said that no two children with PDA are the same. However, there is no doubt that this book contains strategies that work for many and is a leap forward in understanding why these strategies work. If you have even the slightest interest in PDA, whether as a professional, family member or lay person, this book should be top of your "must read" list
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This book has really helped me to understand PDA and what drives the behaviour. I recommend all parents of children with PDA read it.Published 3 months ago by imagineme
Fantastic book a good insight of what it's like for parents living with PDA. Lots of strategies in this book to try. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Clw2012
Well written, personal account of parenting a child with PDA -definitely worth a readPublished 4 months ago by Honestly?
I'm half way through this book, it's easy to read and understandable. Haven't given it 5 stars as not read the whole book but it's a very honest account of a mothers view of her... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Polly Hastings
I cannot believe what an insight this book gave me into PDA syndrome, it is a def must must for any parent that feels their child may have this... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mrs. Nicky Bush
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