Frequenty Asked Questions

What do you mean when you refer to profiles of autism?

There are several profiles of how someone autistic strengths and differences may present. Some of these profiles have a label such as ‘female presentation’ (not just for females), PDA (pathological demand avoidance) and Savant. When we complete diagnostic assessments for individuals, we think it is important to try and best understand your profile, so we can make recommendations of things the world around you can do to make things a little easier for you. It can also help us to think of things we can support you with in developing certain skills or ‘fine tuning’ some of the strategies you are using for example conflagrating and when to use and not to use so your mental health is not impacted.

Why do some people recognise PDA as a profile and others don’t?

PDA (pathological demand avoidance) or sometimes referred to as EDA (extrema demand avoidance) is still a relatively new term in the medical profession and there is limited research about this. Medics and professionals like facts and evidence base, so some are still not sure about this profile. Other however have experienced supporting someone with PDA and have seen the positive impact of adopting PDA friendly approaches for the individual, therefore more likely to be accepting of this profile. Autism oxford uk recognise and have support many people with this profile while also sharing this knowledge and strategies building with services and wider support networks.

Our knowledge on PDA is always growing and the evidence base is emerging.