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PDA & school avoidance podcast with James

15 year old James shares his thoughts on why school is difficult for young people with a PDA profile. He openly talks about his experience of school and the daily challenges around demands, masking, sensory difficulties, school avoidance, friendships and transitions. He also offers some possible solutions and advice [...]

Information sheet for teaching professionals

This 2 page resource gives education professionals bitesize information about PDA, including how PDA may look in school, good practice and helpful approaches plus where to find further information.   Published by: PDA Society, August 2021 and updated October 2021   .fusion-button.button-7 {border-radius:2px;}Download sheet  

The Amazing Autistic Brain Cards

150 Cards with Strengths and Challenges for Positive Autism Discussions. This deck of cards is a resource to help professionals, parents and anyone working with autistic young people to have discussions about an Autism diagnosis in a personalised, positive and meaningful way. The beautifully designed cards each show a strength - [...]

Alternative perspectives on PDA

Alternative perspectives on PDA The PDA Society’s current position, based on research, clinical evidence and lived experience, is that PDA is best understood as a profile on the autism spectrum. However it’s important to acknowledge the alternative perspectives on PDA that are currently evident. These relate to the usefulness of the construct, [...]

Declarative Language Handbook

Declarative Language Handbook: Using a Thoughtful Language Style to Help Kids with Social Learning Challenges Feel Competent, Connected, and Understood. This book was written to teach you how making small shifts in your language and speaking style will produce important results. You will stop telling kids what to do and [...]

The Teacher’s Introduction to Pathological Demand Avoidance

Essential Strategies for the Classroom. This essential guide for working with PDA pupils outlines effective and practical ways that teachers and school staff can support these pupils, by endorsing a child-led approach to learning and assessment. Beginning with an introduction to PDA and how it can affect the education experience, it [...]

What is PDA? booklet in Spanish

The PDA Society has been contacted by the parents of a PDA child who have kindly translated our What is PDA? booklet into Spanish. We’re sharing the translated booklet here in case it helps others. Please note: the PDA Society is not able to verify the accuracy of translations listed on [...]

What is PDA? information sheet

This information sheet contains some essential information about PDA and what helps, in an easily shareable format... it can be downloaded & emailed or printed & shared with others (when Covid restrictions allow!).   Published by: PDA Society, May 2021   .fusion-button.button-24 {border-radius:2px;}Download/print sheet   Also available in this series are our What is PDA? booklet and What [...]

PDA best practice – the professional voice

PDA best practice - what the professionals would like you to know 24 professionals from a range of backgrounds explain why they feel it's important to identify PDA and share their tips for best practice. This is one of two videos created for PDA Day 2021 that share best practice about [...]

PDA best practice – the PDA community’s voice

PDA best practice - what the PDA community would like professionals to know This is one of two videos created for PDA Day 2021 that share best practice about PDA for professionals from all sectors – including healthcare, education, social care, the law, therapists, counsellors, advocates and policy makers. This video [...]

James’ story

James is 14 and kindly shared this extract he wrote about his experience of PDA. His insightful and honest account covers how PDA can be misunderstood; masking; school; the need to have ‘demand free’ time; the importance of trust in relationships; the impact of the Covid pandemic and what [...]