Live Interactive: Autism and PDA

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

This autism and PDA course will give you understanding and skills to change responses in school and home.

€30 includes lifetime access to the recording, certificate of completion and presentation slides.

Book in now for Monday 23rd May OR Wednesday 6th July  7-9.30 pm GMT

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“Fantastic information, I felt that I was listening to the right point of view, the autistic person, at long last” Pauline


Pathological demand avoidance (PDA) is a proposed sub-type of autismAutistic 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.

When?  Monday 23rd May OR Wednesday 6th July  7-9.30pm GMT

The live course takes place over zoom. We will send you a link to join the course a day or two prior to the course date. If you can’t join us live then sign up and we’ll send you access to the recording so you don’t have to miss out.

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.





In this short course 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 PDA 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 and will be delivered by Autistic speakers.

If you can’t make the live course then sign up anyway and we’ll send you out a recording so that you don’t have to miss out. You’ll be able to watch it at a time that suits you.

** We send out the zoom link manually the day before the event. Please check your spam for the link as it can end up there.**

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.