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Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a pattern of behavior in which kids go to extremes to ignore or avoid anything they perceive as a demand. This condition is seen most often in people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

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Children with PDA behaviors on the autism spectrum may not respond well to direct communication about expectations, leading to anxiety and avoidance. A collaborative approach with negotiation can be more effective in making them feel in control and less anxious. Finding out what motivates the child is key, and building on that motivation can help create steps in the scaffold for the child to succeed. It's important to avoid butting heads with the child and to be creative and flexible in implementation by incorporating the child's interests into the intervention.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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