There are a small number of books either about or containing Pathological Demand Avoidance in them. I’m told there are some more on the way which I’m excited about and will be sharing the links to once they are out. In the meantime here is a list of the ones which are already published. I’ll add a link to the books that are available to buy on Amazon, but you can buy these elsewhere. You can also ask libraries to order them in for a small fee if you can’t afford or don’t want to buy them yourself.
- Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance by Phil Christie et al. Link
Understanding PDA is a comprehensive writing of what PDA is, it’s history, how to manage PDA kids at home and in school and includes case studies on PDA. It’s a very good, helpful and well written book and should be given to every parent on getting a PDA diagnosis for their kids (in a perfect world where people were actually given PDA diagnosis’ as needed).
- My Daughter is Not Naughty by Jane Sherwin. Link
My Daughter is Not Naughty is a well written account of a child named Molly and her life. PDA and how it effects Molly is explained brilliantly in this book and Jane explores what PDA is, what tools can be used to parent PDA kids and other PDA aspects. This is definitely the book to read for understanding our PDA kids.
- Can I Tell You About Pathological Demand Avoidance? by Ruth Fidler. Link
This book is aimed at PDA kids and excellently explains PDA and how it presents in a kid friendly way. It’s definitely worth getting if you want your PDA child to understand themselves better. It can also be useful for explaining PDA to friends and siblings of PDA kids.
- Looking at the Stars at Three in the Morning by Sarah Sprules. Link
Looking at the Stars is an account of life with two PDA kids. Told in short passages which highlight certain events in their lives, this book shows what it can be like to live in a PDA family from one family’s perspective. Well worth a read if you want a true life perspective though it doesn’t highlight specifically any PDA behaviours so unless you read the excerpt at the end you may not know this is a PDA family at all.
Sarah Sprules has also written I’m Dreaming of a Wright Christmas which is a fictional story about a woman who leaves her husband with her two kids (one has PDA) to live on the Isle of Wight. I haven’t read this book yet so can’t comment on it but feel free to check it out for yourself if you like fictional stories.
- Sophie’s Throughway by Jules Smith. Link
Sophie’s Throughway is a fictional story about a woman and her two children, the eldest of which has PDA. It’s a good story about the challenges of life as a single working parent. It’s a bit of a love/comedy story and is good for a quick read. One of those books you take with you to read on holiday.