This one-day course, delivered by Jilly Davis, is for school staff who are supporting children with PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance). The day aims to develop your understanding of PDA, including how to adapt your approaches when working with children with the profile or diagnosis.

The day will give consideration to how PDA differs from other autism profiles and how to use positive educational approaches and strategies in order to teach children with PDA or a profile more indicative of PDA. There will be a focus on how to re-engage children in learning, to be able to tolerate the everyday demands of school life and to help them reach their full educational potential.

Jilly Davis is a teacher at The National Autistic Society’s Robert Ogden School and has a wealth of experience in working with children with PDA on the autism spectrum within an educational setting. Working for The National Autistic Society since 1978, Jilly has taught at two different residential schools. In 2004 she was given the responsibility of developing and managing an Inclusive Education Resource at The Robert Ogden School to cater for children who have been excluded from a range of educational provision and to develop good autism practice to meet the needs of an increasingly complex profile including PDA.

Course content:

  • provides an overview of the key features of PDA
  • explains how PDA differs from atypical autism
  • presents some educational guidelines and the critical differences in approaches between young people with PDA and those with atypical autism.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for staff working in school and is particularly relevant for classroom teachers, SENCO’s, teaching assistants, support workers and residential staff.

This course is focused on strategies for supporting children with PDA. If you are looking for a course to develop your understanding and skills in the recognition and assessment of children with PDA, please see our course on Understanding PDA – current thinking in identification, assessment and diagnostic formulation.

Why attend?

This one-day course will give you a clearer understanding of PDA and the changes that need to be made to educational approaches in order to support children with PDA successfully.

You’ll meet fellow education practitioners and work with a lead teacher who will discuss her experiences of meeting the educational needs of children with PDA. On completion of the course you can join Network Autism, our online professionals’ forum.

Scheduled open training events





23 November 2017


£185 + VAT

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