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Wolverhampton City Council Statement PDA . 2016
  • Holly59
    Posts: 2,586
    You Said - Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

    Submitted: 20/04/2015 - As a parent of two boys with possible Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) and living in a Borough that doesn't recognise this condition, I have faced a hard battle and have to make some tough choices for my eldest son that I feel could have been avoided if the condition had recognition.
    I'd like also to point out that PDA is now recognised as part of autism and hope we can raise awareness of this condition in Wolverhampton. Getting the professionals on board to see that this condition is real and to see the devastating affect it has on families including my own and most importantly the affect it has on the child.

    I hope for the future to be more positive.

    Our response...08/01/2016
    Response to Local Offer comments: Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA):
    We are sorry this was your experience and I would like to reassure you that there is no policy in Wolverhampton of not recognising PDA.

    Pathological demand avoidance (PDA) syndrome is not a distinct disorder that is recognised by national or international classifications systems. PDA refers to a cluster of behaviours or features which are believed to be part of the autism spectrum. As a possible autism spectrum condition, the route for assessment and diagnosis of PDA should involve referral to the Wolverhampton multi-agency ASD panel. This referral can be made via CAMHS, Paediatricians or Educational Psychologists.

    With any psychological difference or condition, the aims of assessment and intervention should be to tailor support to an individual child or young person's needs, rather than to a specific diagnostic label.

    I was sent this statement by a PDA friend . It’s on the Wolverhampton City Council Website .

    Pat xx
  • webbwebb
    Posts: 2,566
    We are hoping that more Counties will produce a 'Position Statement' on PDA in the near future. Whilst some will be a little vague, it will be a positive step forward :)

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