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PDA in adulthood?
  • :?: hi, I've joined today, as I'm after info from anyone who may be able to tell me what these children will be like as they get older? my son's consultant said years ago, if you can get beyond the teenage bit, things will improve... is this true? My son's 15..I'm waiting!!
    Thanks, Charlotte
  • Amanda
    Posts: 281
    Hi Charlotte, Mark will be 16 in June and well, I suppose I'm still waiting too. He's louder and stronger and the control issues are much more delicate and I would say he kicks off as much, if not more at times than he used to.

  • jelv
    Posts: 185
    I've moved this topic to the General Discussion forum as it's more appropriate there.

    Elizabeth Newson published a paper in 1999, following up on the original group of children which led her to form the diagnosis "Pathelogical Demand Avoidance Syndrome - What is the Outlook" - I have a paper copy of it. I'll see if I can scan it when I have time.

    I'm afraid it's not very good reading which is why I've been reluctant to put it on the main website.
  • I have read this 'follow up' too, and have to agree it does not make pleasant reading.

    I have a theory that maybe some of these children were diagnosed. received help and support later on in their life and therefore the behaviours are more established and so difficult to change?????

    Perhaps if a child is diagnosed earlier they will (generally) show more positive changes in behaviour.

    I am holding on to this thought as my son has been 'diagnosed' at quite an early stage, and I have to believe that this will help us to take steps to improve his social skills and behaviour)...
    What do others think :?:
  • and just wanted to add that I bet most parents think that if they can get their children through the teenage stage things will get much better - especially those who are going through that at the minute (thinking of my sister in law who has one son and three daughters between the age of 18 and 12 - as one returns to 'normal' the next one starts to change!!) :lol:
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