Autism and PDA

This course is ideal for parents, teachers and professionals working with children and teens who experience PDA.

€25 includes lifetime access to 2 hour video content, pdf of slides and 13-pg pdf document covering common questions which arise.

Once you add to cart it will be immediately available in your account dashboard under “my courses”.



$ 27.02


Our Autism and PDA course is now available to do immediately on our e-learning platform. Pathological demand avoidance (PDA) is a proposed sub-type of autism.  Autistic children are diagnosed with PDA when they exhibit a greater refusal to do what is asked of them, even to activities they would normally like.

This short course will help you to understand what pathological demand avoidance feels like, why it occurs and how you can work with the child or young person.

This autism on PDA course contains 2 hour of video, pdf of slides and 13-pg pdf document covering common questions which arise.

Course Content:

  • What is PDA
  • Pathological or Response?
  • Exploring PDA responses
  • What role does anxiety play?
  • How do we communicate with a child with PDA?

Often requests can sound like demands to the child who is experiencing Pathological Demand Avoidance. Sometimes even help can feel like a demand. It is actually more that the request feels like a demand on the child’s resources and so it does actually become a demand to them.



AUsome short course on autism and PDA

In this short course Evaleen from AUsome Training and Stiof MacAmhalghaidh will explore the current thinking around autism and PDA.

They will explain what experiencing PDA is like for the Autistic person and give you strategies to navigate these situations by adapting your communication and by studying the environment. Stiof and Evaleen both experience demand aviodance themselves and share their own insights during the course as well.

This short course on autism and PDA is especially designed for parents , teachers or practitioners who work with Autistic children and teens who exhibit signs of demand avoidance.

Like all of our courses at AUsome Training this has been designed by Autistic trainers.


A little bit about Stiof MacAmhalghaidh

They have been developing The Munster Model for over 12  years, combining years of theory of Autism with existing research and lived experience of Autistic people. It is the first model which explains the reality of what it means to be Autistic. Stiof is also our SME here at AUsome Training. Stiof realised they were Autistic at the age of twelve through their own reading and got a formal confirmation as an adult!

Here’s a recent answer Stiof gave at a PDA course. It will give you a good idea of the level of insight, knowledge and understanding we have at AUsome Training.