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Professionals who Diagnose PDA

PDA Guidance

PDA is an extremely complex condition that has behavioural overlaps with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), a typical presentation of Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD).

Therefore, PDA can easily be mistaken for one of these conditions and some individuals may receive a mix and match of labels in order for clinicians to try to adequately describe the child by rigidly following the labels currently available in the DSMV.

If the child actually has PDA the mix and match of these labels may do little to support the child or to signpost others to the most efficient strategies.

‘A diagnosis of ASD defines the underlying developmental condition, but does little to signpost towards the specific needs and most effective interventions for a person with PDA.’ Dr Judith Gould, Director of the NAS Lorna Wing Centre for Autism:

‘Diagnostically the PDA sub-group is…

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