PDA specific books



 Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance in Children

The first book ever written about PDA - it gives a comprehensive overview for everyone with an interest in the subject. It was written collaboratively by professionals and parents.

Can I Tell You about Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome

In this illustrated guide Issy invites readers to learn about PDA from her perspective, helping them to understand how it causes her to find simple, everyday demands very stressful. Issy tells readers (aged 7 upwards) about all the ways she can be helped and supported by those around her.


Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome: My Daughter is not Naughty.

An honest account of one family's experiences of raising a child with PDA. It includes strategies to help manage PDA behaviours, information on obtaining diagnosis and explanations to help readers gain a better understanding of the profile.
PDA by PDAers

This book is a collection of genuine insights and experiences from adults living with PDA, adapted from their interactions on a popular online support group. It includes frank discussions of topics relevant to PDA, including work, relationships and managing meltdowns, making it a vital resource for both individuals and professionals.
Collaborative Approaches to Learning for Pupils with PDA
This is a definitive guide to supporting children with PDA at school. It includes a useful, up to date overview of PDA and explains why a collaborative approach is such a successful method. It includes information on creating a PDA-friendly environment for both mainstream and specialist provisions.

Me and My PDA
This illustrated guide is aimed at young people (10+) to help them understand their diagnosis of PDA. It aims to develop self-awareness so they can implement their own personalised problem-solving strategies. Readers are encouraged to engage throughout with interactive writing, doodling and checklist exercises to explore their own particular characteristics, strengths and challenges.
Book in Norwegian about PDA with information, strategies and parent’s story.


Autism books that you may find helpful

A Guide to Mental Health Issues in Girls and Young Women on the Autism Spectrum

This book addresses the specific mental health needs of girls and young women with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including those presenting with the PDA profile. 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.
Talking Autism – Parenting your unique child
Combining experience as a specialist teacher (over 20 years working with children on the spectrum) and as a parent, Victoria has a wealth of knowledge on many children in different situations and this includes working with PDA students. Victoria also tries to encourage the reader to have confidence in their own ability to parent their child uniquely.
Autism – how to raise a happy autistic child
This is a definitive guide for parents of autistic children, written from a perspective of neurodiversity - looking at the condition as a difference rather than a disorder. It includes guidance on what to do if you think your child is autistic and how to understand/support them better. There are sections on mental health and gender differences.
 Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Adults
Written by university lecturer Dr Luke Beardon, this book presents an up-to-date overview of autism and Asperger syndrome. He comments on the realities of adult life including further and higher education, employment, dating and parenthood.

Useful books for support strategies


The Explosive Child

Not PDA specific but many find this approach really helpful, this book offers useful management strategies for understanding and parenting 'challenging children'. Also see Lost at School below.
Lost At School

Written by a pioneer in working with 'challenging children', this is the partner book to The Explosive Child above and offers a groundbreaking approach for understanding and helping these children at school and for transforming school discipline.

                The Incredible 5 Point Scale

The scale is applicable for a variety of behaviours and responses, including feelings of anxiety, obsessions, concepts of personal space and feelings of anger. The book includes stories suitable to be read to a child, visual scales and tips for implementation. More information and some free resources can be found here                                                                                                                                                                     
                   The Red Beast 
This vibrant fully illustrated children's storybook is written for children aged 5+, and is an accessible, fun way to talk about anger, with useful tips about how to 'tame the red beast' and guidance for parents on how anger affects children with Asperger's Syndrome.       
  This fun, easy-to-read and fully illustrated storybook will inspire children who experience anxiety, and encourage them to banish their own Panicosauruses with help from Mabel's strategies.
Starving the Anger Gremlin

A self-help book (for children aged 5-9 years) which uses the idea of a gremlin who feeds on anger - the more anger you give him the bigger he gets. Children learn how to starve the gremlin of angry thoughts, feelings and behaviours to help him disappear in a fun and imaginative way.
Starving the Anxiety Gremlin

A cognitive behavioural therapy workbook on anxiety management for young people that helps readers identify the sources of their anxiety and learn effective ways of coping.

Toilet Training and the Autism Spectrum. A Guide for Professionals

This practical guide equips practitioners to support families and carers in developing effective toilet training programmes and provide continued help with analysing and addressing problems that occur. It also has an invaluable chapter on approaching toilet training with children with PDA. 

Suzie Books
A series of children's stories intended to help children cope with new situations found in most families


The Adventures of Stretch More

Pick-your-path stories for solving problems together. If you know a child like Stretch one who has difficulty adapting to changes, handling frustrations, and problem solving then this book can help!

The Kids' Guide to Staying Awesome and in Control

This book is packed with simple ideas that regulate the emotions and senses.  It teaches using different strategies such as breathing exercises, pressure holds and finger pulls as well as finding ways to label difficult feelings so that the child will feel more in control (suitable for 7-14 years).

The author, Lauren Bruckner, has written many other books about self-regulation some for younger age groups.

Banish Your Self-Esteem Thief
A fun and effective cognitive behavioural therapy workbook on building positive self-esteem and confidence for young people.


Think Good - Feel Good
Is an exciting and pioneering new practical resource in print and on the internet for undertaking cognitive behavioural therapy with children and young people.


A Volcano in My Tummy
Helping Children to Handle Anger presents a clear and effective approach to helping children and adults alike understand and deal constructively with children's anger.


Anger Management, A Practical Guide for Teachers

Lots of practical ideas for working with children who have difficulties managing their anger. 

Simple Stuff to Get Kids Self-Regulating in School

This book is for teachers and therapists to help them empower their students to self-regulate in a school environment.  It contains various photocopiable lesson plans, as well as strategies to integrate the successful 'Awesome and In Control’ program within the classroom.