Ruth Fidler is an Education Consultant specialising in complex autism, Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), interactive approaches and emotional wellbeing, and Phil Christie is a Consultant Child Psychologist with experience of diagnosis and assessment of autistic children, including those with PDA. In this interview they discuss the main characteristics of PDA and what can be done to support those with the condition.
Ruth and Phil kindly agreed to be interviewed for Network Autism when they attended the NAS Professional conference in March this year. We asked them a series of questions - you can view the full interview or clips of the individual questions below.
Individual question clips
6. There is little out there in terms of research, practice or information for adults with PDA. What advice would you have for professionals working with adults with PDA and can you tell us about any developments in this area of practice?
Author: Ruth Fidler and Phil Christie
Date added: 25 July 2016
There will be a one day course run in March 2017 on Understanding and supporting children with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) organised and featuring presentations from Phil Christie and Ruth Fidler and also featuring SEND curriculum specialist Suzanne Farrell.