Full series for just:
PDA – The essence of PDA – What is it exactly?
PDA and Trauma
Schooling the PDA child
PDA Parenting – A State of Mind
In this penultimate video we explore the experience of parenting a child with the PDA profile and being parented as a PDA child. From a professional perspective, we look at attachment theories and the potential impact of being an Autistic parent with an Autistic child – how to balance the needs of both in a way that does not cause overload and shutdown.
Future careers for the PDA child
Available books from the team involved:
A Guide to Mental Health Issues in Girls and Young Women on the Autism Spectrum: Diagnosis, Intervention and Family Support
This book addresses the specific mental health needs of girls and young women with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Looking at the ways autism presents differently in girls than in boys, and the mental health conditions that occur most frequently in girls with ASD, this is the essential guide for clinicians and educators on tailoring interventions and support to meet girls’ needs.
Describing the current assessment process for autism diagnosis, the book explains why girls are under-
Autism with Lola Playing with Bourbon Badger – A book to teach children about autism
by Jodie Isitt
Imagine a life where we need not explain. A life where kids are happy not being the same. My name is Jodie Isitt, and this is my dream. We NEED to teach children about disabilities, and this beautifully written and illustrated story book does just that and more. In fact, it has proven to not only help children who are not neuro-divergent to understand those who are, but it has also helped autistic children understand themselves! This has lead to them being able to start communicating their feelings to their parents and caregivers.
Parents were overwhelmed when their children started communicating to them their worries and feelings when previously they had never done this before. Autism is increasingly being seen in the public eye, and talked about in the media, but there is still a gap in teaching other children why some things are difficult for little ones like Lola (the main character within my stories), and how they can help and understand without compromising their own mental well-being. With cuts across the education system, it’s impossible for children to learn everything about the wider community, but even if we can’t teach our children in lessons, we can do so through the art of storytelling; and that’s what Autism with Love is all about. At the heart of the brand is Lola Rabbit (based on my daughter, Lola), along with a group of cute, but meaningful, woodland animals.
These characters provide children with learning resources and give them knowledge that is desperately needed in order to understand and accept differences. They do so by taking the reader on an educational journey embracing differences and showing kindness.
The PDA Paradox: The Highs and Lows of My Life on a Little-
Known Part of the Autism Spectrum
Diagnosed with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) in his teenage years, Harry Thompson looks back with wit and humour at the ups and downs of family and romantic relationships, school, work and mental health, as well as his teenage struggle with drugs and alcohol. By embracing neurodiversity and emphasising that autistic people are not flawed human beings, Thompson demonstrates that some merely need to take the “scenic route” in order to flourish and reach their full potential. The memoir brings to life Harry’s past experiences and feelings, from his torrid time at school to the peaceful and meaningful moments when he is alone with a book, writing or creating YouTube videos. Eloquent and insightful, The PDA Paradox will bring readers to shock, laughter and tears through its overwhelming honesty. It is a turbulent memoir, but it ends with hope and a positive outlook to the future.
This book includes the following review by Dr Judy Eaton –