Reframing the narrative – Riko’s Blog

Words like ‘controlling’, ‘defiant’, ‘manipulative’, ‘violent’, ‘oppositional’, ‘naughty’ ect, are all used to describe PDAers, especially by those yet to fully understand that these behaviours they are describing are just coping strategies for a child that feels scared, powerless, anxious and lost.

Society seems to be so focused on trying to control and dominate little people that when the child pushes against that control and dominance they are then labelled as defiant and oppositional. Society has such strict rules and expectations of little people that when they try to grasp some of that control over their own lives for themselves, when they fail to understand the rules and don’t conform, they are labelled as controlling and manipulative.

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