The Daily Record is reporting that a mother has revealed her battle to have her daughter’s rare condition diagnosed after the uncontrollable youngster was handcuffed in school three times.
Mary Black’s daughter Hannah has finally been diagnosed with PDA, pathological demand avoidance, after years of doctors failing to link her rages with the condition.
PDA is at the extreme end of the autism spectrum and sufferers are often described as “Jekyll and Hyde” children.
Mary, of Chirnside, in Berwickshire, has spoken out to raise awareness after watching while her daughter was “caged like an animal” and handcuffed on three separate occasions.
She said: “We’ve been fighting for seven years trying to get answers for Hannah. We feel so let down.
“Hannah didn’t tick all the boxes because there is very little knowledge of this condition and very little understanding of what PDA is. We don’t want other parents to go through what we’ve been through and get the blame for being bad parents.
“To watch your 10-year-old in handcuffs is so distressing. It should never have come to that.”
Hannah, now 12, was excluded from school six times in 2013 alone, and since then has received very little education…
Scottish Borders Council said: “Social work and education staff have worked with this family to assess and support the child’s developing needs. Support needs and recommendations forsupport change over time which requires regular review and careful co-ordination.
“We are continuing to engage with the family to resolve concerns and develop a suitable and appropriate education support plan.
“We also provide additional ongoing support in other areas to help the family meet the needs of their child.”
A Police spokesman said: “We have no record of this child having ever been handcuffed. Our officers use restraint in the most appropriate and proportionate way.
“It is used in order to keep people safe, particularly where a person is posing a danger to themselves or others around them.”
The original article here is long and presents a complicated situation that is obviously seen differently by different parties.
More broadly, is the issue that the girl shouldn’t ever have been in the school or is the suggestion that she shouldn’t have been restrained, even if being violent and potentially endangering others, because she suffers from a condition?
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