PDA Panda – our ambassador

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.

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.

Related resources

Self-help approaches – adults
Helpful approaches – children