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Finding the Intersection of Demand Avoidance in ADHD and Autism

Finding the Intersection of Demand Avoidance in ADHD and Autism

Understanding and addressing the unique behaviors of a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be a complex journey for any parent. Among these behaviors, demand avoidance often stands out due to its challenging nature and the difficulties it presents in everyday interactions. Demand avoidance isn’t simply about refusing tasks; it’s a multifaceted behavior

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Blog AuDHD Burnout How to Manage and Treat

AuDHD Burnout: How to Manage and Treat

AuDHD burnout is an often unspoken and deeply challenging experience for our children. Over the years, I’ve witnessed firsthand the struggles and triumphs of families navigating the complex terrain of neurodiversity. But what is AuDHD burnout?   When your child brimming with energy and curiosity suddenly becomes withdrawn, irritable, and seemingly overwhelmed by the simplest tasks, it is likely an AuDHD

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Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria and Autism

How to Guide Your Child Through Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria Autism

There are unique challenges that come with raising a child on the autism spectrum. Rejection sensitive dysphoria autism is one of them, and I’ve spent over 30 years helping families navigate these complexities. Imagine your child, let’s call him Sam, who’s incredibly bright and full of potential. But when faced with criticism or perceived rejection, his emotional response feels overwhelming.

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Supporting AuDHD in Women with Empathy and Insight

AuDHD is a blend of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In my work as a psychologist in my Ridgefield, CT clinic, I’ve witnessed the unique challenges and triumphs of AuDHD in women and adolescent girls with this complex issue with combined attention and social communication difficulties.  Gina, a bright and imaginative 16-year-old girl, walks into

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Autism Treatment for Children, Teens and Adults

A Guide to Autism Treatment for Children, Teens and Adults

A Guide to Autism Treatment for Children, Teens and Adults Dive into the world of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a neurodevelopmental condition manifesting a wide spectrum of symptoms and abilities. The understanding of ASD has evolved over the years, recognizing it as a spectrum disorder.  But, is autism a spectrum disorder? What does it mean? How does it impact the

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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 that falls within the Autism

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Pathological Demand Avoidance Checklist: A Useful Tool to Understand PDA

Have you ever found yourself in a standoff with your child over seemingly trivial requests that seem to avoid like the plague? Perhaps your little one resists and avoids the ordinary demands of life, leaving you scratching your head in bewilderment. If so, you’re a parent who might want to explore Pathological Demand Avoidance. Our Pathological Demand Avoidance checklist can

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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 called Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA),

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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. PDA: Defying Demands, Seeking Control

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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 child manage the symptoms.  PDA

Read More »
Finding the Intersection of Demand Avoidance in ADHD and Autism

Finding the Intersection of Demand Avoidance in ADHD and Autism

Understanding and addressing the unique behaviors of a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be a complex journey for any parent. Among these behaviors, demand avoidance often stands out due to its challenging nature and the difficulties it presents in everyday interactions. Demand avoidance isn’t simply about refusing tasks; it’s a multifaceted behavior

Read More »
Blog AuDHD Burnout How to Manage and Treat

AuDHD Burnout: How to Manage and Treat

AuDHD burnout is an often unspoken and deeply challenging experience for our children. Over the years, I’ve witnessed firsthand the struggles and triumphs of families navigating the complex terrain of neurodiversity. But what is AuDHD burnout?   When your child brimming with energy and curiosity suddenly becomes withdrawn, irritable, and seemingly overwhelmed by the simplest tasks, it is likely an AuDHD

Read More »
Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria and Autism

How to Guide Your Child Through Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria Autism

There are unique challenges that come with raising a child on the autism spectrum. Rejection sensitive dysphoria autism is one of them, and I’ve spent over 30 years helping families navigate these complexities. Imagine your child, let’s call him Sam, who’s incredibly bright and full of potential. But when faced with criticism or perceived rejection, his emotional response feels overwhelming.

Read More »
BLOG audhd in women

Supporting AuDHD in Women with Empathy and Insight

AuDHD is a blend of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In my work as a psychologist in my Ridgefield, CT clinic, I’ve witnessed the unique challenges and triumphs of AuDHD in women and adolescent girls with this complex issue with combined attention and social communication difficulties.  Gina, a bright and imaginative 16-year-old girl, walks into

Read More »
Autism Treatment for Children, Teens and Adults

A Guide to Autism Treatment for Children, Teens and Adults

A Guide to Autism Treatment for Children, Teens and Adults Dive into the world of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a neurodevelopmental condition manifesting a wide spectrum of symptoms and abilities. The understanding of ASD has evolved over the years, recognizing it as a spectrum disorder.  But, is autism a spectrum disorder? What does it mean? How does it impact the

Read More »
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 that falls within the Autism

Read More »
BLOG How to Use a Pathological Demand Avoidance Checklist

Pathological Demand Avoidance Checklist: A Useful Tool to Understand PDA

Have you ever found yourself in a standoff with your child over seemingly trivial requests that seem to avoid like the plague? Perhaps your little one resists and avoids the ordinary demands of life, leaving you scratching your head in bewilderment. If so, you’re a parent who might want to explore Pathological Demand Avoidance. Our Pathological Demand Avoidance checklist can

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 a sign of a condition called Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA),

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 support and navigating challenges effectively. PDA: Defying Demands, Seeking Control

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 child manage the symptoms.  PDA

Read More »
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