Helpful approaches

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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   .fusion-button.button-2 {border-radius:2px;}Download sheet  

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 [...]

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 [...]

Introduction to PDA (2021)

An introductory video about PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance). This video is just over 20 minutes long and covers lots of information, including: What is demand avoidance? PDA & Autism Key features of a PDA profile Research & clinical themes Why identify PDA? How PDA can feel What are demands? Demand [...]

What is PDA? booklet

This booklet is designed to be an introductory guide to the Pathological Demand Avoidance profile of autism for individuals, families and professionals. The booklet covers an overview of PDA, how PDA can feel, an insight into what demands are and how they’re avoided, info about identifying PDA, helpful approaches and [...]

Strategies case study

Helping your child with PDA to play: eight strategies for supporting a child with Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome at home This paper describes a case study of a young boy and the strategies that enabled him to learn skills while playing with others and developing positive relationships. The eight strategies described [...]

PDA tools and resources – tes online

The following PDA-related resources are available to purchase or download for free from www.tes.com ... Managing Demand Avoidance Toolkit .fusion-button.button-18 {border-radius:2px;}View resource The Demand Avoidance Toolkit, is an adapted framework of collaborative approaches used in education to teach pupils with PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance). This pack works alongside the Zones of Regulation [...]

Support for siblings

It can be tricky to balance the needs of individual children within any family, and this can be even trickier in PDA households. Our Siblings page offers advice around strategies and tips for supporting siblings. A parent to a PDA child has also written two very helpful documents: a Q&A for [...]

Helpful approaches infographic: PANDA strategies

This infographic 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 [...]

Keys to care

A single page information sheet for supporting and helping someone with a PDA profile. Ideal for those working with individuals whose care-needs have been identified as relating to demand avoidance. Useful as a grab-sheet for members of staff - a regular reminder of what can help. Also helpful for family [...]

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 [...]

Self-help, coping strategies and therapies for adult PDAers

Here we have included a downloadable PDF version of the Self-help, coping strategies and therapies for adult PDAers page, found in the Adult Life section. It includes suggestions for self-help, coping strategies and therapies which were assembled from a variety of first-hand accounts shared by adults, diagnosed or self-identifying as [...]

Super Shamlal – Living and Learning with Pathological Demand Avoidance

This illustrated storybook is aimed at children aged 7-11 to help them recognise the features of PDA, and develop tools to support them. A helpful introduction for parents and carers explains how it feels to live with PDA, and the appendices at the back provide useful strategies to be [...]