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Understanding and working with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

“Demand avoidance involves not being able to do certain things at certain times, either for yourself or others, and also refers to the things we do in order to avoid demands” (PDA Society, 2021) http://www.pdasociety.org.uk/ PDA is: • Avoidance of every day demands including demands placed on self anddemands placed by others• Types of demands:– …

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“What matters to you?” not, “What’s the matter with you : Occupational Therapy and the NDIS

“Life takes on meaning in the minute-by-minute reality in which we experience ourselves achieving ordinary things.”- Gary Kielhofner What is Occupational Therapy? Our primary goal is to enable people to participate in the “occupations” (activities) of everyday life. At is core, occupational therapy aims to build a person’s independence and the scope is virtually limitless. …

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“Why do we do what we do?” : Reframing the functions of behaviour

Author: Le-Anne Jacobs, Provisionally Registered Psychologist I don’t know about you, but I grew up surrounded by adults who explained challenging behaviours as “naughty”. We have also historically been exposed to professionals and people in the community reporting someone’s behaviour as a characteristic of the person (e.g. part of someone’s personality). This has ultimately sent …

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Who needs a Mars Bar when you can have an Occupational Therapist?

By Natalie Leishman, Occupational Therapist We’ve all heard the tag line “A Mars a day helps you work, rest and play,” and, as a self-confessed chocoholic, who am I to disagree with this? However, I am also an Occupational Therapist, and I have to say, we can also help you achieve these goals, without the …

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What is support coordination and why is it in some people’s NDIS plans?

Support coordination is a type of funding included in some people’s NDIS plan.  Before the NDIS support coordination didn’t exist – it is a concept that has evolved since the NDIS began.  Support coordination is an external support that assists people to implement their plan and get the most from it.  Support coordination is a …

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Covid 19 Update – We’re back to full operations – but with enhanced social distancing and hand hygiene.

Given the current advice from our state government and our health departments suggesting the Covid 19 crisis has eased considerably for WA, we are now returning to more usual operations at Purple Patch Therapy.  By usual operations, this means you can now choose to access our services face to face again.  Of course, we still …

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