Some local areas have found it helpful to state their position on the use of terminology around PDA.
Two examples are Surrey and Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust. Both position statements clearly illustrate how it is possible for local authorities, and supporting organisations, to acknowledge and flag up the PDA profile in diagnosis reports, as a signpost to appropriate support, whilst still working within the guidelines of the DSM-V and ICD-10 diagnostic manuals.
As has been the case with Alder Hey Children's Hospital, it is hoped that local authorities who do accept the validity of the PDA profile of autism, will invest in commissioning PDA specific training to improve outcomes for PDA individuals.
The PDA Society feels this is a very positive step in the right direction for greater understanding, awareness and acceptance of the PDA profile, and hope that both children and adult services in other local authorities will be encouraged to follow suit.
For further information on defining and diagnosing PDA please see: