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PDA Society training

The PDA Society offers a suite of training options, which we deliver both directly (please see our list of upcoming courses) and on behalf of other organisations (please email* training@pdasociety.org.uk to make an enquiry). Our training programmes offer:

  • support for both children & adults
  • max 25 delegates per session, with larger courses available on request
  • courses delivered live – either face-to-face or online via Zoom, or Microsoft Teams if preferred
  • trainers who have lived experience of PDA as parent/carers, are PDAers themselves or are professionals working with PDA individuals
  • short introductory courses or in-depth participative sessions, tailored depending on need
  • courses delivered across a variety of sectors including schools & residential settings; post 18 education provisions; local authorities; social care, healthcare & community support teams; adult care homes; autism charities; support groups.

In this video, various organisations explain why they sought training from the PDA Society and how our training benefitted their staff and the PDA individuals they support.


PDA Society training courses

Each course we offer includes the following general content:

  • what is PDA?
  • demands and their effects
  • how PDA can feel
  • helpful approaches (including collaborative problem solving)

These themes are then developed with additional material included depending upon the audience.

Courses we’re currently offering include:


Introduction to PDA

1 hour programme for support groups only

Additional material: self-help ideas plus resources and support available from the PDA Society.


Working with & supporting PDA children (education, health & social care) – introduction

1.5/2 hour programme

Aimed at education settings that would prefer an overview rather than more in-depth training but suitable for all professionals (education, health & social care) supporting PDA children aged between 5-16 years.

Additional material: educational good practice and where to go for help.


Working with & supporting PDA adults in education – introduction

2 hour programme

Suitable for educators working with post 16 learners looking for a general overview.

Additional material: PDA considerations, good support, self-help ideas.


PDA for Educators

3 hour programme (delivered as inset day training or 2 x twilight 1.5 hour sessions)

Suitable for educators working with young people aged between 5-16 years within mainstream, SEN or autism specific schools.  Delegates are requested to watch a 20min introductory webinar prior to attending the training.

Additional material: legal duties, reasonable adjustments, children as learners, ideas for the classroom and demonstrating progress.


Working with & supporting PDA children (school with residential setting)

3.5 hour programme

Suitable for educators working with young people aged between 5-16 years within SEN or autism specific schools with an attached residential setting.

Additional material: reasonable adjustments, children as learners, successful placements.


Working with & supporting PDA children (healthcare practitioners)

3.5 hour programme

Suitable for healthcare practitioners and therapists supporting young people up to age 16 years.

Additional material: clinical & research themes, importance of identification, good support, PDA considerations (note: this course does not cover diagnostic process).


Working with & supporting PDA children or PDA adults (social care and residential settings)

4 hour programme

Suitable for those working within residential settings, social care or anyone employed directly by a family as a support worker/PA.

Additional material: good support, what helps, individual needs, self-help ideas.


Working with & supporting PDA children (social workers)

5 hour programme (delivered over 2 x 2.5 hour sessions)

Written specifically for working with children up to age 18 years.

Additional material: anxiety, rewards/praise/sanctions, siblings, diagnosis, transition to adulthood, and education.


Understanding PDA for parents/carers

5 hour programme (delivered over 2 x 2.5 hour sessions)

Written specifically for living with children up to age 18 years. Families with young people aged 18 years+ are very welcome to join the course but due to time constraints we’re unable to cover more specific adult approaches and ideas. Delegates are requested to watch a 20min introductory webinar prior to attending the training.

Additional material: anxiety, rewards/praise/sanctions, siblings, diagnosis, transition to adulthood, and education.


If you have any questions about any of our courses or would like to enquire about costings or making a booking on behalf of an organisation, please email* our training team at: training@pdasociety.org.uk 

For details of forthcoming course dates, please visit our upcoming courses page:

Upcoming courses

We also list some events run by third parties. We’re currently developing an accreditation process for third party trainers – please email*  training@pdasociety.org.uk if you run PDA training and would be interested in your courses being listed. The PDA Society takes considerable care to check the services that we signpost, however, we’re not responsible for the quality, experience or outcomes from the third party organisations.


*Please note: our emails can sometimes be filtered into junk/spam/social/promotions folders – please check yours if you haven’t heard back from us in your inbox within 3-5 days.