Pathological Demand Avoidance and the Drive for Autonomy with Harry Thompson


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Harry Thompson is a UK-based public speaker and writer who is autistic with a Pathological Demand Avoidance profile. Through his work Harry aims to bring more acceptance and joy to the lives of people who are autistic and have a PDA profile.

In episode 23, we dive into:

  • What it means to have a PDA profile, and what those of us supporting PDAers should know
  • Harry’s own PDA journey and his drive for autonomy and authenticity in his life
  • The strengths and challenges of having a PDA profile
  • Harry’s biggest advice to therapists working with autistic people


View links at

Take the two-minute LPT Quiz

Connect with Harry Thompson:


YouTube channel



Book: The PDA Paradox

Check out Emily Wildling’s article on updating PDA to stand for Pervasive Drive for Autonomy

Join in the conversation about this episode on Facebook: Learn Play & Thrive: Autism Resources for Professionals


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