Help the Demand Avoidant (PDA) Child in Your Class
In this course you will learn about the characteristics of Pathological Demand Avoidance - PDA, a profile of the autism spectrum. Children who present as demand avoidant will also have high levels of anxiety, making everyday tasks seem overwhelming to them and result in refusing, withdrawing or shutting down to avoid doing things. This can be very challenging in a school environment and can often be overlooked or misinterpreted.
We will look at all the ways that a child may present with PDA and how to spot the triggers alongside strategies to help support these children. While autism approaches may be helpful for addressing sensory issues we will also look at the flexible and collaborative approaches that are needed for the child who is demand avoidant. This course will help you to learn new creative strategies and knowledge to support the child in school as well as enabling the child to feel understood and supported through their time in education.
This course is for anyone who would like to gain greater knowledge of PDA and be better equipped to support the child in feeling able to engage with their environment and learning.
Eliza Fricker is an illustrator/designer and parent to a child with autism and PDA. She has written and illustrated about her experiences of the education system www.missingthemark.blog and is also writing a book about parenting and PDA to be published August 2021 by Jessica Kingsley.