Soher Balkhy

Soher Balkhy

Consultant Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center
Jeddah, KSA

Dr. Soher Balkhy is a Consultant Developmental Behavioral pediatrician in the Department of Pediatrics at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center- Jeddah. She graduated from King AbdulAziz University Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Further training in pediatrics from University of Ottawa followed by the American Board of Pediatrics.

She completed her fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics from the University of British Columbia; Vancouver British Columbia. She then returned to KSA; and worked in the private sector and have been with KFSH since its opening in 2000.

Area of expertise: Autism Spectrum Disorder; ADHD; Down Syndrome. Organizing and participating in many educational and awareness activities for professionals and the community.



Short Description of the Lecture:

1. Pathological Demand Avoidance

Pathological demand avoidance is a fairly new term applied by some professionals to describe complex behaviors in children within the Autism Spectrum.

This term has seen increased popularity in use to describe a behavioral profile of extreme resistance in everyday requests and demands. The underlying reason for this behavior is thought to be due to extreme anxiety.

Strategies found useful in those with PDA are quite different from typical strategies used in those with ASD.

In this presentation, we will further explore this profile to better understand the many presentations we may see in an individual with ASD to provide the most appropriate individualized management strategies.