PDA Society Resource

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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 [...]

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 help 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 [...]

Evidence for use of PDA terminology

Evidence for Professional Consideration of Demand Avoidance in Autism Assessments The continued debate around the use of PDA as a diagnostic term has led to polarisation amongst professionals, and the potential for friction between families and clinicians. This document presents some of the evidence, including Government statements, which demonstrate that it [...]