PDA best practice

This page shares information about best practice for professionals from all sectors who work with PDA individuals and their families – including healthcare, education, social care, the law, therapists, counsellors, advocates and policy makers. By sharing information about best practice, we hope to empower other professionals to recognise and support PDA effectively.

The following videos were created for PDA Day 2021 to help empower you with knowledge about PDA and information about helpful approaches:

  • the professional voice: 24 professionals from a range of backgrounds explain why they feel it’s important to identify PDA and share their tips for best practice. Also available to listen to as a podcast here and in the player below. A transcript of this video is also available here

Podcast version

  • the PDA community’s voice: PDA individuals, families and carers let us know about professionals who have made a positive difference and highlight what they’d like other professionals to know about PDA and what helps. A transcript of this video is also available here

Further examples of best practice include …

Healthcare

Social care

  • Cathie Long – Independent Social Worker – talks about PDA and why social workers need to know about it in an article for Community Care
  • Case studies
  • In this NDTi webinar,  Jeremy (Beth’s Dad) and NDTi Associate Ann Memmott share their experience on the importance and value of involving autistic people in the Care and Treatment Review process
  • Keys to care – one page information sheet

Legal professionals