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Pathological Demand Avoidance vs ODD in Autistic Children

Pathological Demand Avoidance vs ODD in Autistic Children

For parents of autistic children, deciphering defiant behavior can be a confusing and isolating experience. Two conditions, Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), often share surface similarities, causing further frustration in identifying the right support strategies.  Diagnostic Criteria: Is it PDA or ODD? What is PDA? PDA is a relatively new concept

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504 Plan for Students With Dyslexia

504 Plan for Students With Dyslexia

As a specific learning disability that affects reading and writing, dyslexia can have a significant impact on a student’s ability to learn and succeed in the classroom.  Fortunately, students with dyslexia are entitled to receive accommodations and services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students with dyslexia are also entitled to direct

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Pathological Demand Avoidance Profile Which Kid Has It

Pathological Demand Avoidance Profile: Which Kid Has It?

Imagine a child who avoids brushing their teeth like it’s the plague, throws panic attacks at the mere mention of homework, and seems to possess an uncanny ability to wriggle out of everyday demands from whom they regard as authority figures.  But this isn’t just plain stubbornness. It could be a sign of a condition

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ADHD and Lying Why Does Your Child Lie

ADHD and Lying: Why Does Your Child Lie?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is a very common condition affecting individuals and children from even very young ages. In fact, about 6.1 million children in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD in 2016 (Danielson et al., 2018). Children with ADHD struggle with a lot of things beyond just paying attention, such

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Three women examining a mobile device.

What is the Best PEMF Device for Children and Teens?

PEMF or Pulsed Electromagnetic Field therapy sends impulses to the cells to promote healthy communication among each other. When cells communicate efficiently, the human body heals quicker and stays in a state of wellness longer.  PEMF therapy has been used to treat a wide range of chronic conditions and autoimmune diseases. It proposes an effective

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Blog PDA AuDHD

PDA vs. AuDHD: Demystifying the Overlap

Both Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) and AuDHD (co-occurring Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) involve complex neurodevelopmental differences that can manifest in overlapping ways. Interestingly, both conditions are profiles of autism and ADHD, but they manifest differently. Understanding the complexities of each condition is crucial for providing appropriate support and navigating challenges effectively.

Read More »
Blog PDA Diagnosis Helping Parents Navigate the Maze

PDA Diagnosis: Helping Parents Navigate the Maze

Raising a child who consistently resists and avoids demands can be bewildering and emotionally draining. While their tantrums and meltdowns might appear defiant, a different explanation may lie beneath the surface – Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA).  Parents must understand what it means to have a PDA diagnosis and what they can do to help their

Read More »
Blog Examples of OCD Rituals (1)

Examples of OCD Rituals: Inside the Obsessive Mind

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) found a mysterious partner-in-crime in rituals. OCD is a mental health condition where unwanted thoughts, called obsessions, get paired with irresistible urges to do certain things, called compulsions.  OCD compulsions are also known as OCD rituals. These are repetitive behaviors or mental acts that individuals with OCD experience pressure as they

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Smoothies and Natural Supplements for ADHD

Smoothies and Natural Supplements for ADHD

Let’s talk about food, mood, and smoothies. It may seem sentimental to have hot coffee on a rainy night, ice cream on a summer noon, chocolates when we’re sad, wine and cheese when we’re happy, and chicken noodle soup when all else fails. But there’s a science behind our food cravings.   Food and Mood

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Blog_ What does AuDHD mean

What Does AuDHD Mean?

Parents navigating the complex world of neurodiversity will benefit from zooming in on a specific experience: AuDHD. But what does AuDHD mean? AuDHD stands for Autism and ADHD, which means the person is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Imagine a child with autism and ADHD diagnoses whose symptoms

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Pathological Demand Avoidance vs ODD in Autistic Children

Pathological Demand Avoidance vs ODD in Autistic Children

For parents of autistic children, deciphering defiant behavior can be a confusing and isolating experience. Two conditions, Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), often share surface similarities, causing further frustration in identifying the right support strategies.  Diagnostic Criteria: Is it PDA or ODD? What is PDA? PDA

Read More »
504 Plan for Students With Dyslexia

504 Plan for Students With Dyslexia

As a specific learning disability that affects reading and writing, dyslexia can have a significant impact on a student’s ability to learn and succeed in the classroom.  Fortunately, students with dyslexia are entitled to receive accommodations and services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students with dyslexia

Read More »
Pathological Demand Avoidance Profile Which Kid Has It

Pathological Demand Avoidance Profile: Which Kid Has It?

Imagine a child who avoids brushing their teeth like it’s the plague, throws panic attacks at the mere mention of homework, and seems to possess an uncanny ability to wriggle out of everyday demands from whom they regard as authority figures.  But this isn’t just plain stubbornness. It could be

Read More »
ADHD and Lying Why Does Your Child Lie

ADHD and Lying: Why Does Your Child Lie?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is a very common condition affecting individuals and children from even very young ages. In fact, about 6.1 million children in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD in 2016 (Danielson et al., 2018). Children with ADHD struggle with a lot of things

Read More »
Three women examining a mobile device.

What is the Best PEMF Device for Children and Teens?

PEMF or Pulsed Electromagnetic Field therapy sends impulses to the cells to promote healthy communication among each other. When cells communicate efficiently, the human body heals quicker and stays in a state of wellness longer.  PEMF therapy has been used to treat a wide range of chronic conditions and autoimmune

Read More »
Blog PDA AuDHD

PDA vs. AuDHD: Demystifying the Overlap

Both Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) and AuDHD (co-occurring Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) involve complex neurodevelopmental differences that can manifest in overlapping ways. Interestingly, both conditions are profiles of autism and ADHD, but they manifest differently. Understanding the complexities of each condition is crucial for providing appropriate

Read More »
Blog PDA Diagnosis Helping Parents Navigate the Maze

PDA Diagnosis: Helping Parents Navigate the Maze

Raising a child who consistently resists and avoids demands can be bewildering and emotionally draining. While their tantrums and meltdowns might appear defiant, a different explanation may lie beneath the surface – Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA).  Parents must understand what it means to have a PDA diagnosis and what they

Read More »
Blog Examples of OCD Rituals (1)

Examples of OCD Rituals: Inside the Obsessive Mind

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) found a mysterious partner-in-crime in rituals. OCD is a mental health condition where unwanted thoughts, called obsessions, get paired with irresistible urges to do certain things, called compulsions.  OCD compulsions are also known as OCD rituals. These are repetitive behaviors or mental acts that individuals with

Read More »
Smoothies and Natural Supplements for ADHD

Smoothies and Natural Supplements for ADHD

Let’s talk about food, mood, and smoothies. It may seem sentimental to have hot coffee on a rainy night, ice cream on a summer noon, chocolates when we’re sad, wine and cheese when we’re happy, and chicken noodle soup when all else fails. But there’s a science behind our food

Read More »
Blog_ What does AuDHD mean

What Does AuDHD Mean?

Parents navigating the complex world of neurodiversity will benefit from zooming in on a specific experience: AuDHD. But what does AuDHD mean? AuDHD stands for Autism and ADHD, which means the person is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Imagine a child with autism

Read More »
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