Reframing the narrative

When it comes to communicating with people who are new to PDA, or are yet to fully understand it, it can be difficult for me to describe PDA in ways that are recognised but are not negative. As an advocate, one of my jobs is to push for awareness of PDA amongst those who have […]

PDA and communication

Communication. 85% non verbal, 15% verbal. There’s speech, tone of voice, body language, facial movements, body stance, terminology, hand movements, timing, lies, literal and non literal meanings, eye movement, other verbal noises, silence and pauses between speaking. Even for the most social of neurotypical people communication can still be problematic. For autistic and PDA people […]

How to tell if it’s ODD or PDA

ODD – deficit or injury to the brain, genetic personality trait making them more prone to having ODD or environmental PDA – genetic ODD – may have autism/Asperger’s as well, although some believe autistic people cannot also have ODD as those types of traits are common in autism difficulties anyway PDA – a sub-type of […]

Emotional Lability

Emotional lability, or the Pseudobulbar affect, is where a person shows exaggerated or over the top emotional responses that is often not related to the person’s emotional state. For me this means that I cry, a lot. Situations that will typically invoke a sad feeling in others where they may frown or shake their head […]

Reason or excuse?

Reason: a cause, explanation, or justification for an action or event. Excuse: seek to lessen the blame attaching to (a fault or offence); try to justify. Reasons can and are often mistaken for excuses. If a child refuses to eat their food saying that it feels yucky the parent might think this is an excuse […]