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Autistic traits more apparent when demands are low?
  • Snazzles
    Posts: 1
    I'm new to this forum and new to PDA but I think my 6 year old son has it.
    I was just wondering if you normally notice autistic traits more when there are less demands? My son has been ill for the last 4 days and today and yesterday has been picking up but then flaking again. I've just let him do whatever he wants, eat what he wants etc and not bothered him as much so there have been very minimal demands BUT I have really noticed more social communication traits and his need to do certain things the same way much more the last couple of days and I wondered if anyone else has noticed this and why it might be? Thanks
  • RhanHRhanH
    Posts: 1,138
    Hi Snazzles, welcome to the Forum. I'm sorry to hear that your son is feeling poorly, hope he recovers soon.

    I have a 9 year old daughter (diagnosed with PDA at 6) and yes, we definitely see many more typical autistic traits when our daughter's anxiety is lower. For instance we see a lot more repetitive behaviour including watching the same programme again and again and the setting up of her favourite toys in exactly the same way. She can also become much more fussy with her food and can become much quieter and withdrawn.

    Our Resouces secion has lots of information if you'd like to read more about PDA, and the Webinars are also great source of information too. Welcome!

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