Articles about: Jenny Gibbs

The signs of autism

Jenny Gibbs, clinical psychologist and Altogether Autism Professional Expert Group members asks when should a parent be concerned enough to seek an assessment for their child? 22 November 2016 – THE NEW ZEALAND Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Guideline sets out clear guidelines about signs to look out for that would suggest a referral for assessment […]

Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome: Some thoughts prompted by a proposed new diagnosis

February 2016 – Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDA) is thought by some to be an emerging syndrome. Its central feature is “an obsessive avoidance of the ordinary demands of everyday life” (Newson et al.  1993). The recent screening in New Zealand of the British documentary series “Born Naughty” has increased interest in PDA. In this […]