Further reading

Below is a list of books that you may find useful.


Can I Tell You about Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome
In this illustrated guide Issy invites readers to learn about PDA, a part of the autism spectrum, 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 Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDA). It includes strategies to help manage PDA behaviours, information on obtaining diagnosis and explanations to help readers gain a better understanding of the condition.

                       Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance in Children
The first book on PDA, written collaboratively by professionals and parents to give a complete overview of PDA.
 PDA by PDAers
This book is a collection of genuine insights and experiences from people 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.

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.    
The Explosive Child
Although not written specifically about PDA, this book offers some really useful management strategies understanding and parenting easily frustrated and chronically inflexible children.     

                Anger Management, A Practical Guide for Teachers
Lots of practical ideas for working with children who have difficulties managing their anger.                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                   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.
The Incredible 5 Point Scale
The 1-5 scale system is applicable for a variety of behaviors and responses to behaviours, 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 on how to implement the particular scale.  More information on the use of the 5 point scale, and some free resources can be found on Kari's website here

Lost At School
From a distinguished clinician, pioneer in working with behaviorally challenging kids, and author of the acclaimed The Explosive Child comes a groundbreaking approach for understanding and helping these kids and transforming school discipline.

Toilet Training and the Autism Spectrum. A Guide for ProfessionalsThis 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!



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.


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.