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@cads_lsbu PhD student A leading critical #PathologicalDemandAvoidance expert Attributed as autistic, presently with a "post-autistic identity" Views are my own
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Jun 11 13 tweets 2 min read
At some point, I would like to do deep dive in refuting the claim PDA needs to be different to other types of demand-avoidance. There is a lot of problems with that claim. A pertinent one, is that is ends pretense "PDA Profile of ASD" is NOT a self-validation exercise. As @milton_damian & others point out scientific research is not conducted to support a specific outlook. It is one of the main criticisms of ABA/ PBS research & claims about it being "gold standard" etc.
May 26 22 tweets 4 min read
"Preliminary Randomized Controlled Trial of the Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions Intervention for Highly Dependent Adult Children"
Not open access article… Oh this is hilarious. The article views views PDA as being equivalent to various other categories which are describing the same phenomenon.
May 24 6 tweets 2 min read
This little beauty of a paper is rather useful to me at the moment. Yes, it is PDA related.

So why is it pertinent to PDA? "Parents in both areas spoke of their frustration in the cases where children were diagnosed with Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDA) [52] as this diagnosis was not recognised in either area."
Preece & Lištiaková 2024, p9.
May 13 18 tweets 3 min read
I was briefly looking at Newson (1998) (Christie gave some input) educational guidelines for PDA, which can be found here:… I am point to 2 things, which have been on my mind recently.
May 1 8 tweets 2 min read
This below open access systematic review is relevant to "PDA Profile of ASD". Point which is relevant is that Autistics are not at higher risk of committing crimes, which is something @AnnMemmott & others often discuss!… So why is this point relevant?
PDA tools often contain items which contain items asessing for various criminal behaviours such as harrassment, stalking, stealing, and other problematic behaviours. Newson's work noted such problematic behaviours.
Apr 22 26 tweets 5 min read
This is to remind me at some point to discuss this meme below by Sally Cat because,... I like it!

I have some thoughts on it, especially how it relates to my Monotropism & anxiety scholarship. Image I should point out, contradictory to what Autistics with PDA might claim, I do value Autistics with PDA views, I just do not prioritise them above other persons with PDA views. So, no, I do not think Sally Cat, or other Autistics with PDA are mentally deficient etc.
Apr 20 17 tweets 4 min read
@ekverstania @EdaleSkyline @AnnMemmott @DrHannahBelcher I think it goes both ways to be honest. Consider that "PDA Profile of ASD" blame me/ other PDA critics for people loose support for PDA etc. E.g., see below screenshot from one video making some bold claims about me. Image @ekverstania @EdaleSkyline @AnnMemmott @DrHannahBelcher My view the blame is should be attributed to those exposing vulnerable persons by attributing people with a controversial category, lacking consensus & has poor quality evidence. Easy to predict vulnerable persons support will be stripped when PDA is inevitably challenged...
Apr 16 55 tweets 12 min read
Some maybe aware recently, Autistic PDA community
continued to express abusive behaviour towards me, making defamatory claims about me.

Others have noticed how the Autistic PDA community often poorly treats PDA critics. I was asked my views on being vilified by said community. I gave an extensive about 1400 words reply to the query.

Which I will provide below in an extensive thread, & if Twitter allows it together in one tweet at the end. I also intend to make a video with the reply.
Mar 27 26 tweets 4 min read
The transient, socially constructed nature of what autism is, & is not, with there being differences in views on what features are viewed as being autism features; has been on my mind over last week, or so.

But, why? It was suggested I look at more than 2D models to include in some forthcoming training. I looked at & reviewed Autistic Constellation & Three dimension Autistic space, by Farahar & Foster. It is latter in which how autism is perceived which I wish to discuss.
Mar 27 16 tweets 3 min read
Needing Autistics to be in crisis to receive an autism attribution & adverse effects of deficit based autism discourse has been nagging at me for a week or so, after 2 colleagues mentioned it.

Yes, it is how does "PDA Profile of ASD" do anything to mitigate those 2 things? I am struggling to see how "PDA Profile of ASD" does mitigate that at all, especially if one accepts the common claims around "PDA Profile of ASD".
Jan 15 6 tweets 1 min read
"Brain Hemisphere Specialization and Neurodiversity as Influencing Factors on the Phenomenology of the Adult Ego State"
Not open access article… "An autistic person’s rejection of arbitrary counter injunctions, unsubstantiated by felt injunctions, might be misinterpreted as symptomatic of oppositional defiant disorder (DSM-V, 2013, 313.81) or pathological demand avoidance (Newson et al., 2003)."
Keenan 2024, p25.
Jan 5 10 tweets 2 min read
"Working parents home-schooling children with special educational needs during a pandemic: How best can mainstream schools help through digital technologies?"
Open access magazine piece… It is reading articles like this which state PDA is a "severe"/ "complex" form of autism, which prove "PDA Profile of ASD" is another functioning category, like "Profound Autism" is.
Jan 3 19 tweets 4 min read
A core point I have made in my academic work over last 12 months is how proposed autism subgroups of "Profound Autism" & "PDA Profile of ASD" seem to be dangerous. @KatWilliams123 @dudeimreading & discuss issue of diagnostic overshadowing in relation to "Profound Autism" in the below free to access article.…
Dec 22, 2023 15 tweets 4 min read
Reflecting on 2023, it has been a relatively big year for me. Seems quite a lot one could be proud of.
Personal growth has been significant, despite what some might think.
- Regaining cognitive cognitive processes from before systemic psychological trauma about a decade ago! - Adopting a "post-autistic identity" independent of psychiatric categories.
- Genuine effort to engage with others views, being more respectful, humble, & kind. There is plenty of evidence of this in my emails, various DMs etc.
Dec 19, 2023 72 tweets 14 min read
It is articles like this, which make me think I may, just may be valid-correct about my views on "#PDA Profile of ASD".
Article is open access… "Investigating the borders of autism spectrum disorder: lessons from the former diagnosis of pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified"
Dec 16, 2023 16 tweets 3 min read
@BettyBlue168 I do not have an agenda with the question. It is straight forward question, which one should be able to answer with some reflection on the topic.

There are likely to be problems with what you suggest. @BettyBlue168 "neurodivergent people.", sense of kinship, "maladaptive" are subjective & culturally constructed terms for starters.

There are massive issues in how, there is no-one size fits all approach to what ND categories look like, interact socially etc
Dec 11, 2023 12 tweets 3 min read
@missiles22 @AnnMemmott shared this below, it seems to have pertinent points to the safeguarding concerns at Autscape:… @missiles22 "ADHD is associated with “justice sensitivity”, to indicate that this is a negative behaviour leading to difficulties moving on from injustice and heightened emotions when things aren’t fair..."
Dec 8, 2023 8 tweets 2 min read
@Elysia_Sky Not always Katy, autistics can act the same way as non-autistics on the topic.

I have screenshots proving that of some other autistics attacking me, including name calling. For not understanding social cues. Ignoring it is part of my "autism" etc. @Elysia_Sky It is attacking me over what seems a niche-vague concept to.

Some of those attacking me seem not to appreciate they were being ableist.
Dec 7, 2023 9 tweets 2 min read
@R3n4lbar @milton_damian @WolfWithAutism So people who do not know me are making spurious claims about me. While those who do engage with me, would say the opposite. Image @R3n4lbar @milton_damian @WolfWithAutism
Dec 6, 2023 8 tweets 2 min read
@WolfWithAutism @scrappapertiger @beccajiggens @VickiWistow @autimodo @WolfWithAutism @scrappapertiger @beccajiggens @VickiWistow @autimodo Frankly, even if I did ignore it, I do not see how it is any of their business.
1) Restating it is common for ND persons to ignore arbitrary constructed expectations for our own wellbeing & for reasonable adjustments.
Dec 4, 2023 23 tweets 4 min read
I am deeply uncomfortable with the response I have received for reasonable raising concerns over someone's conduct on Autscape's safeguarding issues.

This has touched a nerve, as I have a good part of today offering advise to a PDA caregiver on reasonable demands-expectations. About 5 weeks ago I was contacted by a PDA caregiver about advise on their autistic CYP whom has various co-occurring issues. It has taken me until today to have time & spoons to respond to the caregiver.