PDA Updates

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to share some important updates and news in my PDA world:

Firstly, I am delighted to report that my letter to the BPsS has been published in the March 2016 edition of ‘The Psychologist’.  You may recall my email and attached article by Rebecca McElroy which I found most erroneous, misleading, and lacking in insight.  In this, she ‘explains’ PDA as an attachment disorder. I have challenged this misconception in my letter,  I have attached both her original article and my letter in case this is of interest to you.  Please feel free to circulate and post  both articles on any social media sites and other internet sites. It is also disappointing that the BPsS has not published letters from two of you parents who also responded to the article.  However I have received some very positive emails in support of my position from other (Independent) psychologists J !

Secondly as parents/carers of youngsters with PDA you may wish to know about a recent successful Disability Discrimination case in England which involved the inappropriate and indeed unlawful (man)handling of a youngster with PDA in an SEMH (formerly SEBD) school.   I think this has important implications and ramifications for the interventions, strategies and management of CYP with a PDA diagnosis.  Here is the link to the case :


Next, my book.  I was disappointed to learn that JKP are decomissioning my PDA book. They are rationalising their publishing portfolio.  However I am now in talks with another publisher, and will keep you informed of progress in due course.  Needless to say I am currently working on the content of the various chapters.

The second phase of my National Ex-PDA research will focus on the strategies, interventions and support – and outcomes secured, for CYP with PDA. More of this in the Spring in my next update.

I am currently putting together the content for the PDA research website.  This will be at www.pdaresearch.org.uk and is scheduled to launch in the late spring 2016.

In respect of my practice, I am pleased to report a number of positive outcomes and successes in respect of children whom I have recently assessed for PDA. These have included getting PDA onto the Statement/EHCP, and specialist provision.

I look forward to hearing from you with any thoughts or feedback.

Kind regards and wishes,


Dr Hilary Dyer

Special Consultant Educational Psychologist &

Post Doctoral Researcher in PDA

T: 01905 428863

E: hilary@drhilarydyer.co.uk

W: www.drhilarydyer.co.uk