The Family Experience of PDA


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Foreword by Ruth Fidler; Introduction; Tolerance Levels; Meltdowns; Relationships; Sensory; Anxiety; Collaboration; Flexibility; Prioritising; Positives; Self Care

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A fully illustrated light-hearted parenting guide to help raise children with PDA, because no one gets it like a PDA parent gets it

About the Author

Ruth Fidler is Assistant Head Teacher at Sutherland House School run by the autism charity NORSACA. She works throughout the school (aged 3-19) developing whole school approaches to working interactively with children across the autism spectrum, with a particular focus on social and emotional well being.


In The Family Experience of PDA Eliza Fricker shares her heartfelt insights through an accessible illustrated volume that will be helpful to parents as they support, encourage, and manage their children who may have features of PDA. The book through words and pictures provides the important lessons she has learned about the sensitivities and regulatory capacity of her child. Eliza shares the basic principles that enabled her child and family to feel safer and to mutually enjoy daily interactions. We learn the power of softening the edges of restrictive parenting, which may function in more resilient children with higher thresholds to be reactive but is disastrous with a child with feature of PDA. We learn that a gentler less demanding, accepting, and positive playful parental strategy will lead to more cooperative behaviors and mutually rewarding co-regulatory interactions. -- Stephen W. Porges, PhD, Professor Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
This book is the perfect tonic for frazzled loved ones of children with PDA. Perfectly imperfect, quirky and always en pointe, Eliza will make you nod and smile with her descriptions and illustrations whilst also providing you with a tonne of practical ideas without once seeming preachy. -- Dr Pooky Knightsmith, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Expert

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