Parents’ experiences of professionals’ involvement for children with extreme demand avoidance
Pathological demand avoidance (PDA) is characterized by an extreme difficulty in tolerating everyday demands, with a range of ‘socially manipulative’ strategies used to avoid demands. Children also display poor social identity, impulsivity, and obsessive behavior. While research and knowledge about PDA is slowly growing, families continue to encounter considerable difficulties in ensuring their children’s needs are understood and met by health and education services. This study explored what parents of children with extreme demand avoidance valued about professionals’ input.
Authors: Emma Gore Langton & Norah Frederickson
Published online: International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 23 Sep 2016