Autism Spectrum

Autism and Pathological Demand Avoidance: Unraveling Co-Occurring Disorders

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Autism and Pathological Demand Avoidance are often co-occurring diagnoses. An Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental condition that affects communication, socialization, and behavior. It is characterized by a range of symptoms, which can manifest differently in each individual. Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDA) is a term used to describe a pervasive developmental disorder…
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Managing Pathological Demand Avoidance Symptoms with the PANDA Approach and Gradual Demand Integration

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Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a behavior profile characterized by an individual’s extreme avoidance of ordinary demands. It is often diagnosed on a co-occurring basis with an autism diagnosis and is often associated with anxiety and defiant behaviors. While Pathological Demand Avoidance is not yet recognized as a standalone diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical…
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Empowering Teens: Boosting the Self-Esteem of Teens on the Spectrum

self esteem for teens on the autism spectrum
Low self-esteem is often an ongoing challenge for teens on the autism spectrum. While they are often self-aware of their own interests and struggles, they struggle to communicate these to others due to fear of judgment or not fitting in. Many teens on the spectrum have a tendency to be overly self-critical and have internalized…
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Recognizing Anxiety in Teens with Autism

Anxiety in Teens with Autism
Recognizing anxiety in teens with autism is important in getting them the help they need. First, you should educate yourself on the information research has found on the link between anxiety and autism. Here are some ways in which anxiety arises in teens with autism: Specific phobia: a specific phobia, namely an intense, irrational fear…
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Why Choose Wilderness Therapy For Teens on the Autism Spectrum: Trails Therapists Explain

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Wilderness therapy can be an extremely powerful therapeutic option for young people on the Autism Spectrum. The wilderness is a peaceful place, far away from the overstimulating environments many teens on the spectrum struggle with. Over the years, Trails Carolina has seen hundreds of teens on the spectrum experience positive transformations through our autism therapy…
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