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Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome - PDA

Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome is a pervasive developmental disorder related to, but significantly different from, autism and Asperger syndrome. First identified as a separate syndrome at the University of Nottingham, research has continued at the Elizabeth Newson Centre.

Children with PDA would previously have been diagnosed as having 'non-typical autism/Asperger' or 'pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified'; but it is important to diagnose them separately since they do not respond well to the educational and treatment methods that are helpful with autistic and Asperger children, and since appropriate guidelines for education and handling have been produced by the Elizabeth Newson Centre specifically for children with PDA.

The PDA website has a forum for parents and those affected by PDA to find advice and guidance, as well as some detailed information on the condition itself and educational and support options.

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Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome
The Elizabeth Newson Centre
272 Longdale Lane
NG15 9AH

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