Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a sub-type of autism, described as an anxiety- driven need for control. Individuals with PDA resist the everyday demands of life. Their brains are wired to perceive demands as a threat which triggers extreme anxiety. Although PDA is not as widely recognized in the US as in the UK, it is critical to understand this unique profile and how to best support these individuals, as the appropriate supports are very different than those for “classic” autism. Building a trusting relationship and lowering demands are key to success for individuals with a PDA profile.
Journeys With PDA is dedicated to advancing awareness & understanding of Pathological Demand Avoidance, a subtype of autism. As Certified PDA Trainers and parents of children with a PDA profile, we strive to share best practices in supporting those living and working with PDA individuals. We aspire to create a place of connection, community and co-regulation that embraces individuals with this unique profile of autism.
Our Morning & Evening PDA Support Chat is available to anyone with a connection with PDA. You can email a request to be added to our email contact list for the zoom link.
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We offer 1-on-1 PDA support through educational, individual & family coaching.
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We help to advance awareness of PDA through group trainings, conference presentations, public speaking, workshops & webinars.
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Open to parents, caregivers, professionals and anyone looking to support PDA. We talk about all things Pathological Demand Avoidance profile!
You’ll find community, connection & Co-regulation here.