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PDA Strategies: the PANDA sheet

This sheet illustrates the key strategies which are helpful in working with and understanding someone with a PDA profile of autism. Conventional support strategies, including those often recommended for ASD, are often ineffective and counter-productive with a PDA profile of autism. In place of structure, routine, firm boundaries, praise, rewards/consequences, is [...]

DHSC statement on PDA

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) does not take a position on matters of clinical debate, but does recognise that there is a valid debate on the PDA profile, and highlights the need for specific support for individuals. Extract from published ministerial statement “…When assessing how best to [...]

School refusal guide

This extensive guide was written by a doctoral student and her co-founder of 'Not Fine in School'. There is a summary guide and a guide for schools also available from their website alongside many other sources of information and support. It describes in detail what parents can do to support [...]

Workplace adjustments: employers’ guide

Businesses and employers are increasingly recognising the benefits of employing autistic people, but much more still needs to be done. The Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society recently said “most autistic people who want to work aren’t able to work” because conventional roles and workplaces can present many [...]

Pathological Demand Avoidance: summary sheet

A one-page explanation of the PDA profile, produced by the PDA Development Group and published in June 2016. It describes the main features and the key approaches to supporting a PDA person. The PDA Development Group comprises a group of clinical and professional experts, and includes representation from the NAS [...]

PDA Reference Booklet for Health, Education and Social Care Practitioners

This booklet was initially produced and printed in 2014 as part of our 'Awareness Matters' campaign and revised in 2016. The booklet will be useful to Health, Education and Social Care Practitioners. This is a free electronic resource. Distribution is positively encouraged.  In addition, the PDA Society can supply hard copies [...]

PDA… the story so far

The following is a summary of Phil Christie's talk “PDA... the story so far” at the PDA Society Conference in Birmingham on 18th April 2018 Personal journey Phil first paid tribute to Professor Elizabeth Newson’s pioneering work around PDA, saying “possibly without Elizabeth we wouldn’t be gathered here today”. Phil reflected on [...]

PDA Guidance website

PDA Guidance Blog, created by Jane Sherwin contains guidance about navigating the diagnostic pathway, the special education needs pathway, strategies and links to various websites etc.   Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome was a term coined in the 1980’s by Professor Elizabeth Newson to describe a group of children that presented with a [...]

AET National Autism Standards

This extensive paper entitled 'The Distinctive Clinical and Educational Needs of Children with Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome: Guidelines for Good Practice' was written by Phil Christie and originally published in the Good Autism Practice Journal. It is reprinted by the Autism Education Trust (AET) to accompany their National Autism [...]

Tool to support diagnosis of ASD / PDA / Attachment disorders

Modification of the Coventry Grid Interview to include the Pathological Demand Avoidant profile The Coventry Grid Interview was designed to be used by clinicians as part of a comprehensive assessment process and not as a stand-alone diagnostic tool. There is often diagnostic confusion over the differences between children presenting with autism [...]