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 NAS 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:

  • 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, SENCOs, teaching assistants, support workers and residential staff.

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.

Scheduled events

New dates to follow.


In-house training for organisations: £1,395 + VAT (prices includes all expenses and training materials for up to 25 delegates)

Individuals attending scheduled training event: £185 + VAT

Training will be provided at a venue of your choice (unless you attend one of our scheduled events) and will be inclusive of:

  • training materials and information provided for each delegate
  • opportunity to hear autistic perspectives; this may be through films, quotes from autistic people or the inclusion of a speaker by experience
  • signposting to relevant literature and resources.


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