Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDA)

Learn about Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDA) at your own pace with this easy-to-access online workshop designed to promote positive learning and behaviour by elevating your understanding of key aspects of PDA, including neurological diversity.

Duration 3hrs 39min
Cost £165 or Become a Member
Who is this course suitable for? Leaders and support staff
Access Mobile, PC and TV
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About this course

An engaging course to help to school and college leaders understand the specific needs of Deaf learners with PDA.

PDA is a condition which is part of the autism spectrum and the prevalence of autism is notably higher in Deaf learners than in hearing learners. This training is designed to heighten your understanding that Deaf learners with PDA are likely to communicate differently to neurotypical learners.

What does this course cover?

  • An overview of how the impairments affecting those with PDA may cause difficulties (What is PDA? The key features of PDA).
  • Meeting the needs of those with PDA. Some interactive activities and simple and effective strategies designed to meet a range of needs based on the impairments.
  • Strategies and interventions for adapting the sensory environment to meet the behavioural needs of individuals with PDA.
  • Why individuals with PDA need Visual Interventions and how they can benefit from them.
  • How to create a range of differentiated age and level appropriate Visual Interventions for individuals with PDA.
  • An investigation into the type of language and presentation suitable for the needs of individuals with PDA.
  • Promoting positive behaviour through effective practice.

What outcomes can you expect from this course?

Completing this course will help you to:

  • Understand the needs of individuals with PDA and the associated impairments.
  • Create differentiated, age and level appropriate interventions.
  • Adapt the sensory environment to meet the needs of individuals and groups of individuals.
  • Create effective behavioural interventions and strategies.
  • Support Deaf learners with PDS to reach their full potential.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for education professionals and support staff in primary and secondary.

Who will you learn with?

Andrew Whitehouse MSpEd, CPSE, (PGCert) BAHons QTS, People First Education.

Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDA)



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