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Has my toddler got pda?
  • Flis07
    Posts: 2
    Hi.

    I’m looking for some information. My little boy is nearly 3 and is undergoing the diagnosis process for asd. We started noticing things around 16 months like lack of eye contact, not responding to his name, delayed speech, lack of shared interest (pointing and showing toys) He became very funny with his food and only eats a limited diet. He tip toe walks and hates being examined, having his haircut and nails cut etc... He gets fixated on things and is very difficult to get him to stop or come away from things.

    The reason I’m querying pda is that he is very strong willed and everything is on his terms. It’s difficult at times to get from a to b. Sometimes he’s ok doing everyday things such as getting dressed, brushing teeth and other times it’s such a struggle. He has lots of tantrums if he’s not getting his way or doing what he wants and these can often turn in to meltdowns. He is very imaginative and can be social with older children and adults. He has a great sense of humour and is very loving. His mood also switches very quickly for no apparent reason. I’ve done lots of reading on pda and it’s ticking lots of boxes however a lot of the descriptions are for older children. I wondered if anyone has experience of toddlers with pda just so I know I might be on the right track. Tia
  • RhanHRhanH
    Posts: 1,133
    Hi Tia, welcome to the forum. Some professionals may say 3 is too young to diagnose PDA however I do know families, from within the support group that I run, that have identified PDA around this age and although an ASD diagnosis was originally given PDA was later confirmed by professionals at age 6/7.
  • Flis07
    Posts: 2
    Hello.
    Thank you for the reply. Yes - I think we may only get an asd diagnosis but for my understanding and to try and support him in the correct way would be great to hear of people’s experiences of pda in their children and what that looked like in the toddler years.
  • RhanHRhanH
    Posts: 1,133
    Personally we saw a speech & language disorder but no other real significant details until it came to starting school when everything literally came crashing down as anxiety took over!!
    I’m sure those who have identified PDA in their children from a younger age will be able to share with you soon.

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