A critical-insider perspective


A critical-insider perspective on PDA and parenting.

Paula Sanchez first presented her perspective to the Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC) meeting in 2018. Her work goes back to the accounts of Asperger and finds that some of his descriptions includes traits that might be reflected in the PDA profile.

She explains: "My aim for the presentation was to explore and ponder the tensions between my experience and observations, including the usefulness of PDA for me as a parent, and the clinical and academic construct of PDA. In essence, I am seeking to balance my pragmatic use of PDA as a signpost and shorthand for me as a parent, with my ideological and theoretical concerns about PDA for me as a fledgling academic."


Author: Paula Sanchez