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Speech and Language Therapy for Pathological Demand Avoidance

Speech and Language Therapy for individuals with PDA focuses on improving, developing and supporting any speech, language and communication difficulties which the individual might have.

The therapist will carry out an initial assessment to determine the type and severity of any speech, language and communication difficulties the individual may have. The therapist will create an individualised treatment plan which will be tailored to the specific needs and abilities of the individual.

The goal of Speech and Language therapy is to improve and maintain all aspects of an individual’s communication. This can include:

  • Receptive language (understanding)
  • Expressive language (written and verbal)
  • Sound production
  • Social language skills

Research has indicated that individuals with Pathological Demand Avoidance may experience some of the following:

  • Difficulties with facial expression
  • Difficulties with social timing
  • A lack of meaningful conversation - here the individual will use bizarre or inappropriate language
  • Periods of brief echolalia - echolalia is the uncontrollable and immediate repetition of words spoken by another individual
  • Periods of mimicry - this is when an individual mimics another person, whether it is gestures or speech.
  • The use of fantasy situations - the individual may appear to have lost touch with reality

The therapist will work closely with other professionals and parents / carers to maximise the individual’s communication and interaction with others in their home, educational and social environments.

If you feel that you would benefit from our speech and language therapy services and would like to arrange an assessment with one of our therapists, please contact us by emailing or calling 0330 088 6693.

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