The PDA Society’s Ambassador


Why we chose the Giant Panda


Just like giant pandas, individuals with PDA need very specific support to thrive.


Giant Pandas are very sensitive to their environment and require very specific support and accommodations to thrive. It has been shown how an integrated approach to their care – combining science, a genuine commitment from multiple parties and community engagement - is essential for success.

Similarly, effective support strategies for PDA are very specific. In place of firm boundaries and the use of rewards, consequences and praise, individuals with PDA respond better to an approach based on negotiation, collaboration and flexibility.

The PDA panda symbolises these strategies and the P A N D A mnemonic is a quick reminder of the strategies as shown in our video below and on our *NEW* infographic below (also downloadble as a PDF: panda-strategies-infographic-final.pdf).

The PDA panda features on our pin badges and car stickers which can be purchased from our PDA Society Store Site together with awareness/alert cards and panda plush toys.

We’d like to thank the Lighter Side of PDA Facebook group where the giant panda idea originated for allowing us to use this concept, Looker Marketing Communications for supporting the PDA Society in the creation of the original panda ambassador artwork and Sally Cat’s PDA Page for creating the video and updating the panda ambassador artwork.

Further reading and information about PDA

Further information about PDA can be found in the following areas of our website

The National Autistic Society also provide an increasing amount of information about PDA.

Please note that the PDA Society are not making any recommendations nor is responsible for the content of sites and links that are external to the PDA Society.

Please contact us if you discover any broken links.