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The Family Experience of PDA: An Illustrated Guide to Pathological Demand Avoidance (Illustrated) Spiral-Bound | November 18, 2021

Eliza Fricker, Eliza Fricker (Illustrated by), Ruth Fidler (Foreword by)

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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 itEliza Fricker gets it. She knows how difficult PDA parenting can be, but she puts fun and humour back into it, despite the occasional mishaps! Humorous, quirky comic strips and empathetic writing will give essential advice and tips on how to navigate the challenges of PDA parenting.

Eliza Fricker gets it. Describing her perfectly imperfect experience of raising a PDA child, with societal judgements and internal pressures, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, resentful and alone. This book's comedic illustrations explain these challenging situations and feelings in a way that words simply cannot, will bring some much-needed levity back into PDA parenting. Humorous anecdotes with a compassionate tone remind parents that they are not alone, and they're doing a great job. If children are safe, happy, and you leave the house on time, who cares about some smelly socks?
A light-hearted and digestible guide to being a PDA parent covering everything from tolerance levels, relationships and meltdowns to collaboration, flexibility, and self care to dip in and out as your schedule allows to help get to grips with this complex condition.

This book is an essential read for any parent with a PDA child, to help better understand your child, build support systems and carve out some essential self care time guilt free.

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Original Binding: Trade Paperback
Pages: 144 pages
ISBN-10: 1787756777
Item Weight: 0.3 lbs
Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
Customer Reviews: 4 out of 5 stars 101 to 500 ratings
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
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.