We chose the panda to be our ambassador because, just like giant pandas, individuals with a PDA profile of autism 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, helpful approaches for PDA are very specific. In place of firm boundaries and the use of rewards, consequences and praise, individuals with a PDA profile respond better to an approach based on trust, negotiation, collaboration, flexibility and careful use of language.
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 and infographic below:
The PDA Panda features on our pin badges and car stickers which can be purchased from the PDA Society Shop together with awareness/alert cards and panda plush toys.