A Parent’s Guide to ‘Pathological Demand Avoidance’

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All kids need occasional (or constant) coaxing to complete the hundreds of tasks we expect from them in a day. Having to tell your kid to put his shoes on three times before school every day is not necessarily pathological, it’s within the typical range of developing attention spans and independence. However, kids with pathological demand avoidance (PDA) traits truly find it difficult to do what’s expected of them–even when they really want to. These kids struggle to the point that it interferes with getting through the day at home or at school.


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