The Panda on PDA. A Children’s Introduction to Pathological Demand Avoidance


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In this positive, gentle and PDA-friendly guide for young children, PDA is explained by a playful Panda who has PDA and is very proud of it. The Panda is full of talents and strengths, but finds it very hard to do what others want. In fact, the Panda has become great at climbing trees and bamboo, and hiding in caves to escape demands! The Panda addresses the challenges and struggles of PDA honestly, but can also thrive and live a happy life in the right environment, when supported by others

Author Bio:

Dr Gloria Dura-Vila is a multi-award winning consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, author, and lecturer. She works in private practice ( and in the Surrey and Borders NHS Trust where she is Medical Lead for ASD. Her passion for communicating the Autism diagnosis to children in a personalised way, one that captures their strengths and difficulties within the Autism Spectrum, is central to her writing and her academic and clinical work.


“Dr Durà-Vilà’s wealth of PDA experience and expertise shines through in this beautiful, affirming book. Rebecca’s charming illustrations bring the PDA panda ambassador to life as it guides young PDAers in understanding their profile of autism and how they can best be supported. With colourful heartfelt drawings from PDA children there’s so much to like about this book, I would highly recommend [it] to any family starting their PDA journey.” – Helen Evans, CEO, PDA Society

“This beautifully illustrated, friendly book invites the PDA child to join their tribe using the masterful tool of a de-personalised panda (who co-authors the book and openly involves the child on every page). The information is presented creatively and communicated in a non-demanding style; perfect for a PDA reader. Dr Glòria has managed to create a resource that will inspire many children to be their authentic self and is highly recommended as a great starting point to introduce PDA to a young audience” -Danielle Jata-Hall is a parent of a PDA daughter; she is also a blogger, advocate, children’s author and an online campaigner.

  • Hard cover (Picture book)
  • Age range 5+
  • Full Colour
  • 40 Page