A note on stress

When Little Miss M's anxiety levels are particularly high she becomes very demanding and intense. She'll want my constant attention whether it be by playing her games or watching her do something, she'll need to be in constant contact with me, either holding hands, sat extremely close, her leg across my lap etc. or calling … Continue reading A note on stress

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A note on role play and pretending

Little Miss M has always loved imaginary play and going on elaborate adventures in her imaginary world. "You be this and I'll be that" she'll say multiple times a day and she's always the director, telling us exactly what our roles are and how we should play them. She also imitates people and characters, really … Continue reading A note on role play and pretending

A new strategy we’re using to distract from anxiety and feel in control

I came across this problem solving idea via GoZen: Anxiety Relief for Children last week and thought carefully about how to introduce it to Little Miss M as a tool to help her with any difficulties or 'problems' as she calls them. Being mindful of demand avoidance, I decided to mention in passing that I'd … Continue reading A new strategy we’re using to distract from anxiety and feel in control

A note on the need for control and certainty

Demand avoidance isn’t the only difficulty arising from the anxiety-driven need to be in control which encompasses Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA). Any uncertainty or loss of control is perceived as a threat of danger that causes just as much anxiety. As a result, Little Miss M has great difficulty handling uncertainty or things not happening … Continue reading A note on the need for control and certainty

PDA Society’s PDA & Mental Health Webinar

The PDA Society's PDA & Mental Health Webinar really was excellent, especially the Q&A section. There's a link to listen to it here and I'll add it to the Links page on the blog as well. The key message was around the importance of early intervention to help young children with PDA understand and manage their anxiety and … Continue reading PDA Society’s PDA & Mental Health Webinar