Can’t Help Won’t

Can’t Help Won’t is the catchy title of an interesting article on PDA published recently in the Huffington Post. It’s quite a long read, but well worth it.

The article begins with an outline of what PDA is. It then moves on to note the lack of awareness of the condition:

Unfortunately, until recently there has been limited professional interest in the syndrome and a lack of awareness of its presentation amongst clinicians, despite the huge challenges faced by those with PDA and their families, friends and carers.

The situation in the UK is slowly improving, according to Phil Christie, a leading British clinical psychologist in the field of autism. However, Christie says:

clinicians have been the group that has been hardest to attract to conferences and training events.

More positively, the article gives examples of children whose condition has improved somewhat after a period of following PDA guidelines. It ends on this hopeful note:

If we can help children with PDA through their childhoods feeling for the most part positive about themselves, and teach them to develop the coping methods that they’ll need to get there, then … once they attain adulthood and secure increased control of their lives, there’s little reason that their anxieties won’t reduce.

As I said at the outset, Can’t Help Won’t is well worth a read. Try it!

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  1. My son is thought to have PDA by independent assessors. It has even been mentioned to a health visitor that we would benefit from going to the Elizabeth Newson Centre. I am waiting to hear from CCG if we will get funding. My paediatrician has said PDA doesn’t exist, anyone can make things like this up. Professionals have used my Aspergers as a reason to do nothing, so we are left with no support. I am setting up a support group because in my county. They hardly recognise anything including SPD. Parents here have to fight for everything. I have paid for independent assessments because they were so determined to blame me. It seems it’s a postcode, paediatrician lottery combined with a blame culture to negate responsibility.

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