9 episodes

We share our experiences parenting young children with the pathological demand avoidance profile of autism.

PDA Parents Caitie and Casey

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 37 Ratings

We share our experiences parenting young children with the pathological demand avoidance profile of autism.

    Episode 8 - PDA and School

    Episode 8 - PDA and School

    Caitie and Casey talk about Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) in the context of school, the type of accommodations that are necessary for a PDA child to succeed, and what their children’s school journeys have been like for them and for the whole family. 

    • 44 min
    Discussing PDA with Friends, Family, and Our Children - Episode 7

    Discussing PDA with Friends, Family, and Our Children - Episode 7

    Caitie and Casey talk about the language they use to discuss PDA in different contexts, for example, with friends, neighbors, professionals, and within their homes.  At the end of the episode, Caitie and Casey also touch on how they have approached discussing PDA and brain-wiring differences with their PDA children in an age-appropriate way.  

    • 44 min
    Creative Accommodations for the PDA Child - Episode 6

    Creative Accommodations for the PDA Child - Episode 6

    Caitie and Casey talk about creative accommodations we use inside of our homes to support our PDA children in meeting their basic needs – like eating, bathing, and teeth-brushing – as well as accessing activities such as art, drawing, competitive and pretend play.  We end by discussing indirect and declarative language as an accommodation. 
     

    • 49 min
    PDA Outside of the Home - Episode 5

    PDA Outside of the Home - Episode 5

    Caitie and Casey discuss working through a PDA lens outside of the home, including topics such as masking, social engagements, accessing medical care, and flexible therapy arrangements that work well for the PDA child. 

    • 40 min
    Lowering Demands in the Home - Episode 4

    Lowering Demands in the Home - Episode 4

    Caitie and Casey talk about lowering demands in the home in order to accommodate the PDA child, as well as the impact of that strategy on all members of the family, including parents and siblings.  

    • 38 min
    Learning Your Child has PDA - Episode 3

    Learning Your Child has PDA - Episode 3

    Caitie and Casey talk about how they came to realize their children have PDA, and what that experience was like as a mother.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

BusymomtoZ ,

Breath of Fresh Air

Wow. We recently got a diagnosis of ADHD and anxiety for our 5 year old, and someone mentioned PDA and I thought - no, that doesn’t apply because he does what we ask most of the time. However then someone else talked about other presentations and I came across this podcast and literally am having tears of feeling seen. It’s like they’re describing my child. The 2 hour battles to get out the door, the feelings of defeat, the sensory seeking and being different from birth. Heck, the car seat battle alone is just SO applicable and I remember my husband and I both trying to hold him down to buckle him in (thank God he doesn’t know how to unbuckle yet and we’re afraid to teach him), and afraid we were going to hurt him because we had to hold him down so “firmly”. It seemed he is stronger than we are - it’s crazy. I could go on, but I’ve not found a book or podcast or anything that applies as much as this. We recently had a parent quit to stay home because of these problems. Thank you!

decOatmen ,

Wonderful

This podcast is a beautiful look at the hard things. I’ve learned so much and recently listened to the first episode when the hosts described the infant stage. I cried with relief and joy (and probably PTSD) realizing my spouse and I weren’t the only ones having such an intense experience. This podcast makes me feel seen and heard, and it empowers me. I listen to it when I’m heading to the school to advocate for my child because this is the tone and vibe I want to have as a parent. These hosts are awesome and ALL our kids are awesome. Here’s to shifting the paradigm so that they can stay true to their authentic selves. PS I’m in Michigan too!

Mom to Autistics ,

So grateful

I am so grateful for this podcast. We have recently identified PDA as our 6 year old’s true diagnosis versus the ODD/ADHD diagnosis that we have tried to understand for 2 years. This podcast gives me good tips and makes us feel less alone.

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