Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the demands of daily life? For individuals with PDA, a rare phenotype of Autism, these demands can trigger extreme anxiety and an overwhelming need to say “NO” to everything asked of them.
In this blog, we explore what PDA is, how it’s characterised, and how exercise can be a useful tool for promoting long-term health in individuals with a PDA diagnosis.
This avoidance is thought to stem from a fear of losing control, and it can lead to significant mood swings, reduced social skills, and obsessive behaviors.
Engaging with an Exercise Physiologist (EP) can be highly beneficial for individuals with PDA who struggle with physical activity. However, building a trusting relationship between the EP and the individual is essential. Successful EPs demonstrate several key characteristics, including active listening, respecting boundaries, and involving the individual and their family in decision-making.
If you’re a parent of a child with PDA, and you’re interested in exploring how exercise can help your child, we’re always here to chat.
For more information on PDA and some frameworks to better understand the phenotype, see the links below.
If you’re living with diabetes, you’re not alone. According to the World Health Organization, over 422 million people worldwide have diabetes.
Ready to join the Be Physiology Bridge to Brisbane team for 2023? This year we’re completing the race in more ways than one.