This accredited one-day course on Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is designed for professionals who want to gain a deeper understanding of PDA diagnosis and how schools and settings can best support children and young people. The course covers reasonable adjustments that settings can adopt to ensure young people with PDA can thrive, and is fully interactive, with resources designed to help you write support plans. The course explores the complexity of the condition and its variations, and discusses the most up-to-date research and how it can be used on a day-to-day basis with people displaying PDA features. Professionals often struggle with supporting pupils with PDA due to a lack of understanding about how the condition presents, and how others around the young person behave towards them. This course looks into the 'team around the pupil' and how to cooperate with each other for a more joined-up approach, which is key to success.
This course comes with a Resource Booklet that can be adapted to help support a pupil with PDA or suspected PDA, covering their journey through school, college, and beyond. You can use this pack every time you work with a child with PDA or suspected PDA. The training is accredited, so you can use the certification of this training on your curriculum vitae to demonstrate your specialist knowledge in supporting individuals with PDA.
This course is delivered on a regular basis online via Zoom with a specialist teacher, and can also be arranged to be delivered to you and your colleagues in person or online, by contacting us directly.
This course has been externally accredited to ensure its quality and has been written by two specialist teachers, Emma Griffiths, ASC Consultant & Director of NW Autism & SEND, and Beth Kitchen, ASC Consultant, with a wealth of experience in working and consulting with children with Autism and PDA features. This course is brand new and gives each delegate a full booklet of ideas and resources to equip every setting with the tools to support pupils who display PDA-type behaviors.
In the UK, we are currently facing the biggest mental health crisis in children we have ever seen, with the highest number of pupils who are out of school and cannot attend. The highest proportion of pupils who cannot attend due to anxiety have autism or autism-related conditions such as PDA. This training is needed to provide professionals with the knowledge and tools to support these vulnerable young people effectively.
The course is suitable for mental health leads, teachers/teaching assistants, social workers, personal assistants, foster carers, health workers, and anyone working in a mental health-related occupation.
Yes, parents can attend, but this training has been specifically written for schools and how they can change and adapt to help support these wonderful young people to have the best chance in life.
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Prearranged courses open to individuals & small groups
Open/public sessions are generally planned once a month
All days training is 9:00am - 3:00pm online
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