Children & Families

ASD & PDA Support

Understanding & support for you & your child. Including caregivers and families, Autism is part of daily life for 2.3 million people.

What is autism?

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong developmental condition

Reviewed by our children and family lead, Tanya Dalton.
Around 700,000 individuals have ASD. Early intervention gives families the best opportunity to support healthy development.
Current diagnostics recognise the spectrum as being indicative of a range of symptoms and abilities that can be mild, moderate or severe with or without additional learning difficulties, mental health conditions or other support needs.Gender differences have been highlighted as girls tend to mimic social behaviours more readily than boys and this does make early diagnosis in girls more difficult and often not as apparent until the onset of puberty.
Child with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) taking part in play therapy session in buckinghamshire.

Signs & Symptoms Of ASD

Signs of Autism (ASD) in children & teenagers

This happens in a triad of 3 main areas:

Social Interaction

Area one


Area two

Interests & Behaviours

Area Three

Other Difficulties

We also see the following in children with Autism

What is Pathological Demand Avoidance?

PDA is a condition that can be viewed as part of ASD or appears separate from ASD with similarities

The main aspect that people with PDA struggle with is the extreme and heightened anxiety that is created by both internal and external demands on their time and attention. This heightened anxiety and fear can translate into, what appears to be out of control and angry behaviour, but what the individual is trying to communicate is how out of control they feel. The strategies that may work ordinarily will be less effective with this cohort of people and for each person with PDA, it is about helping you as a person or as a family, find a more cohesive and ordered way of managing the emotions and behaviours that arise.

ASD In Adolescents

Teenagers with Autistic Spectrum Disorder can find that their understanding of life is limited to their own world view

This can result in confusion, anxiety, depression and a feeling of not understanding why you are ‘different’. We can work with you to learn an understanding of your emotions, other’s emotions, how to manage and tolerate distress and how to learn to engage in effective communication with others.

Family Support

Family therapy can be a part of what you as a family need to enable you to gain acceptance of your child’s differences and qualities.

We offer behavioural work with children and their families, as often, we learn how to raise neurotypical children, but we are not prepared for the changes and adaptations that we need to make when raising a child with ASD or PDA.

Family therapy can be a part of what you as a family need to enable you to gain acceptance of your child’s differences and qualities. We work towards parents being able to communicate more effectively with their child, being able to understand the way your child thinks and views the world and giving your child an understanding and insight in how you view and interpret the world.

Father enjoying life with autistic son

Learn how to understand and manage your child’s ASD diagnosis.

At Home Counties Therapy we’re to provide the support and guidance needed to understand how to manage your child’s diagnosis.

Reach out to us today to speak to us confidentially and to discover how about the support we can offer you and your little one.

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Explore More Of The Specific Areas We Provide Support For Children And Teens

Autism & PDA

Learn more about ASD and PDA in children. We’re here to offer support for you and your child with a compassionate and understanding approach.

Emotional And Behavioural Concerns

Parenting is not easy even without any extra difficulties. There are times when you as a parent need that extra support to manage your child’s behaviours.

Child & Adolescent Depression & Anxiety

10% of children have a mental health condition. We’re here to help and support children & teenagers, working with them to get through times of anxiety & depression.

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Children And Family Therapy Services

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After you have contacted us, we will book in an initial one-off consultation session for your child. The initial consultation session will be just your child, however many children like a parent to come in with them initially until they feel comfortable and that can help them to communicate more easily. Following this initial appointment, we will advise who is the best fit for your child and arrange for sessions to take place with that therapist.
It is important to ensure the right fit between therapist and child; the relationship between them both is fundamental to the process. Sometimes the therapist who has met with your child is that person and other times the team will discuss who is best for your child.

The number of sessions is dependent on your child and their unique needs. We can initially agree a set number, (usually 12 weeks) then review this over time.

We have no minimum number of sessions required and can work within whatever time frame you can financially manage. It is however important for parents/carers to be aware that it can take several months for counselling to make a long-term difference and in a lot of cases a longer commitment may be necessary.

We work with children and young people between the ages of 3 and 19. The work varies depending on the age and understanding of each child. With very young children, the work is all centred around play, however our therapists adapt this as children get older and tailor the treatment to suit them.
Each session is 1 hour and occurs once a week. For a child aged 3 – 5 years, a slightly shorter session of 40/45 minutes may be advisable. Dependent on needs, some parents may wish for their child to attend more than weekly, but this can all be discussed in advance.
Although it is beneficial for the counselling process for your child to attend regular weekly sessions, we understand that at times there are unavoidable situations meaning a session may be missed. We require 48-hours’ notice if you wish to cancel your child’s session, otherwise the full session fee will have to be charged.

We currently provide sessions from 9am to 9pm and endeavour to give your child an appointment within 48 hours.

We strive to offer a session after school hours, however if all of our therapists are fully booked, we may only be able to accommodate a session during the school day. Although we can completely understand not wanting to take a child out of school, and we are not advocates of a child missing school, it is important to consider that poor mental health in the long run, can negatively affect overall academic attainment. For a short period of time, missing a lesson once a week, for some children, can be more beneficial than detrimental. If need be and with your consent, we can liaise with schools and teachers regarding your child leaving school slightly early once a week.

We are bound by ethical frameworks to maintain your child’s confidentiality. If there is anything that gives us concern, we will discuss with your child how and what we can tell you. (This is age dependent). However, if there is anything that reaches a safeguarding level, we will of course reach out to you and tell you, then discuss the best way forward. Often parents book in a few sessions with another member of our team to access guidance on areas that will be beneficial to them.

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