Learn strategies for supporting children with Pathological demand avoidance (PDA) at our one day course. Jilly Davis, a teacher at The National Autistic Society's Robert Ogden school, will share her insights about working with autistic pupils with PDA. View and book upcoming training days.

What is the course about? 

This course is for school staff who are supporting children with PDA. 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 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 help them reach their full educational potential.

Course content:

  • an overview of the key features of PDA
  • how PDA differs from atypical autism
  • 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.

About the trainer

Jilly Davis is a teacher at our Robert Ogden School and has a wealth of experience in working with children with PDA on the autism spectrum in an educational setting. Working for The National Autistic Society since 1978, Jilly has taught at two 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.

Why attend?

Attend this course to benefit from:

  • a clearer understanding of PDA
  • understanding the changes that need to be made to educational approaches to support children with PDA successfully
  • meeting fellow education practitioners
  • working with a lead teacher who will discuss her experiences of meeting the educational needs of children with PDA
  • the opportunity to join Network Autism, our online professionals’ forum.

Upcoming courses





23 November 2017


£185 + VAT

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