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Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome

Developmental Disability WA

Thursday, 16 November 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (AWST)

Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome

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DDWA Member - Person with Disability/Family 16/11/2017 Free  
DDWA Member - Professional 16/11/2017 Free  
Non Member - Person with Disability/Family 16/11/2017 Free  
Non Member - Professional 16/11/2017 Free  

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 Do you live with and/or support someone who:

ü resists and avoids the ordinary demands of life

ü uses social strategies as part of avoidance eg. distracting, giving excuses

ü appears sociable, but lacks deeper understanding

ü experiences excessive mood swings and impulsivity

ü appears comfortable in role play and pretence

ü displays obsessive behaviour that is often focused on other people

ü appears controlling and dominating, especially when feeling anxious

ü can be enigmatic and charming when relaxed or less anxious

ü does not respond well to standard therapies


People with PDA are particularly driven to avoid everyday demands and expectations to an extreme extent which comes from an anxiety-based need to be in control.  Whilst PDA is on the Autism Spectrum it may be un-recognised or misdiagnosed.   Recognising and understanding PDA can lead to more effective support as typical approaches used with people on the spectrum do not work, and often worsen behaviour. To give you greater insight into PDA and how to best support your child/student/client please come along to this information and Q & A session. DDWA are pleased to welcome our guest presenters:


Dr John Wray—Developmental Paediatrician


Heidi Brandis, Anne Rhodes & Josephine Carpenter—Parents


Jaquie Mills and Bron Pike from our Side by Side team will also discuss what effective support could look like in future planning sessions that you may be involved in eg. NDIS planning, support planning at school.


Furthermore Dr Wray will discuss the inclusion of PDA in the recently released DRAFT National Guideline for Autism Diagnosis, which are open for public comment until the 19 October 2017. Please see link below—



Have questions about Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome? Contact Developmental Disability WA

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Conference Room
City West Lotteries House
2 Delhi St
West Perth, WA 6005

Thursday, 16 November 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (AWST)

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