Information, support and training for PDA

PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) is widely understood to be a profile on the autism spectrum, involving the avoidance of everyday demands and the use of ‘social’ strategies as part of this avoidance. PDA individuals share autistic characteristics and also have many of the ‘key features’ of a PDA profile.

This short video is a brief introduction to PDA and the approaches that help. More details can be found throughout our website.

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The wide range of information on our website can be explored through the following sections …

What is PDA?
Life with PDA
Working with PDA
Training & events
Get involved

Back to school

Resources for education professionals

To help education professionals prepare for an inclusive #BackToSchool this September, we’ve created and compiled some new and existing resources about PDA including a new information sheet for teaching professionals, a podcast about PDA & school avoidance with a 15 year old PDAer and examples of best practice.

With 7 in 10 PDA children not in school or regularly struggling to attend, it’s important for every education professional to have PDA on their radar.

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Featured training

PDA Society courses are delivered by training facilitators with valuable first-hand experiences of living and working with PDA. Full details and tickets for our upcoming courses are available via the following links. 

Working with & supporting PDA children for healthcare practitioners (online)

Live online training course for healthcare practitioners and therapists supporting young people (up to 16yrs) via Zoom.

Sept 22nd, 9.30am-1pm (BST), Tickets & info

Working with & supporting PDA children for social workers (online)

Live online training course for social workers and professionals working within the home environment with families and young people (up to age 16yrs). 2 sessions via Zoom.

Oct 4th & 11th, 10am-12.30pm (BST), Tickets & info

About us

The PDA Society is led and run by a small team, all of whom have a direct connection with PDA and many of whom are volunteers. We provide information, support and training about PDA for individuals, families and professionals. We aim to increase acceptance and understanding of the PDA profile within the concept of ‘dimensionality’ in autism, and to improve outcomes for individuals and families by focusing everyone involved on ‘what helps’. The PDA panda is our ambassador because, just like giant pandas, PDA individuals need specific support in order to thrive.

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Featured resources

Coronavirus support
PDA & school avoidance podcast with James
Information sheet for teaching professionals
Info & resources for PDA teens
Jim’s story (new adult case study)
Home education “hub”
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