PDA Gold

Gold Nugget

We have been digging and digging for four years and finally we found it… PDA gold! Remarkably we didn’t even need a shovel, just a pen, a notebook and a visitor sticker. Today we met with the staff of the Elizabeth Newson Centre (ENC), part of the Sutherland House School in Ravenshead, Nottingham, U.K.

Sutherland House School Visitor Sticker June 18th 2015

This week I have journeyed from the USA to the UK on a mission to get more information about Pathological Demand Avoidance syndrome (PDA) and to start to work out how we can get it recognized globally. The first important link has been made today (June 18th 2015), through an amazing meeting with the staff at the ENC who are thoroughly grounded, well connected and genuine people with a passion for helping children and families with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and specialists in cases of extreme demand avoidance, PDA. In the context of PDA Matters, this is the Mother Lode (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_lode).

While these are only our first steps into the world of PDA, the 25 years of research that has been embodied into the programs running at the Elizabeth Newson Centre are clearly paying dividends to those who attend there. The staff are incredible, experienced and happy to make connections.

For those of you who know me, you will get the “Gold Rush” references. For those who don’t know me, check this out:



Guy Rotheram

Founder, PDA Matters


UK Telephone:  07745 870 532

USA Telephone: 1-203-660-7116

5 thoughts on “PDA Gold”

  1. Way to go! Let’s get this out there for more and more to understand PDA and for those struggling with their children not knowing what may be going on with them.

    1. You’re absolutely right; not just for the USA, but globally. Thank you PDA Matters.

  2. Congrats on taking these important steps, Guy. Let me know how I can help.

  3. Please find help for these children, they need to live a good life like the rest of the world, it breaks my heart every time I see my grandson so unhappy. I would love to see him like the rest of the kids.

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