Pathological Demand Avoidance PDA

Free Downloadable Resources

Free Downloadable



AET Standards, Guidelines for Good Practise  PDA

Taken from the Good Autism Practice Journal published by BILD, 2007, Phil Christie, UK

Aet pda

Encouraging the Positive in PDA

By, Ms Sarah Ormond, Psychologist.  Introduction to PDA, strategies, and links to additional support. 

Garnett pda

Fintan O Regan on PDA. Slides

"No two children are the same"
15th of Jan 2019 Fintan O’Regan

Fintan O Regan

PANDA Infographic of Strategies

Helpful approaches for a PDA profile of Autism

(PDA Society)

PANDA strategies infographic Final

PDA Keys to Care

A quick reference for the most supportive approaches. 


STLS PDA Awareness Booklet

Created by Elizabeth Johnson (specialist teacher communication and interaction). An overview of PDA, strategies, recommended reading, and a signpost to support online. 


PDA Mind Map

PDA mind map 2

Positive PDA Booklet

The approaches and strategies in this booklet come from parents and teaching staff. 

Positive PDA

Parents' Request for Reasonable Adjustments in School. Template

Reasonable adjustments requests parents to schools

Student's Profile. Sample 

Student profile

What is PDA?

A guide to the Pathological Demand Avoidance profile of autism by The PDA Society

What is PDA

Recommended Reading


Reading A - Z


Can I tell you about Pathological Demand Avoidance syndrome?: A guide for friends, family, and professionals

by Ruth Fidler and Phil Christie

In this illustrated guide Issy invites readers to learn about PDA.

Can I tell you pda

Can You See Me? 

Tally is eleven years old and she's just like her friends. Well, sometimes she is. If she tries really hard to be. Because there's something that makes Tally not the same as her friends. Something she can't cover up, no matter how hard she tries: Tally is autistic. 

by Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott 2019

Can u see me

Collaborative Approaches to Learning for Pupils with PDA: Strategies for Education Professionals

This book gives advice on implementing collaborative approaches to learning for supporting pupils with Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDA) at school. by Ruth Fidler and Phil Christie

Collaberate approach

Do You Know me?

Tally is autistic and proud. She used to feel like she had to hide her autism, but now Tally is determined to make sure people see who she really is.  By Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott

Do you know me

It's a PanDA Thing 

This is a wonderful resource aimed at building open dialogues between parent/carer and child about the nature of their condition. - but it is also a wonderful way to open discussion in classrooms and with peer groups who may be struggling to understand PDA in others.   by Rachel Jackson 2019

It's a PanDA thing

Life on an Alien Planet: Pathological Demand Avoidance: A PDA boy and his journey through the education system.

Katie Stott's honest account provides a compelling insight into PDA.   by Katie Stott 

Life on an alien planet

Me and My PDA: A Guide to Pathological Demand Avoidance for Young People

by Glòria Durà-Vilà and Tamar Levi

This picture book helps children understand their diagnosis, develop self-awareness and implement personalised problem-solving strategies. 

Me and my PDA

PDA by PDAers: From Anxiety to Avoidance and Masking to Meltdowns By Sally Cat

This book is a unique window into adult Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), exploring the diversity of distinct PDA traits through the voices of over 70 people living with and affected by the condition.

Pda by pdaers

Pathological Demand Avoidance Explained

This book describes what PDA is using simple words and pictures. By Sally Cat

PDA explained

Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome - My Daughter is Not Naughty

Full of advice and support, this book is an account of one family's experiences of raising a child with Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDA).by Jane Alison Sherwin 

PDA Not Naughty

Super Shamlal - Living and Learning with Pathological Demand Avoidance

This simple, illustrated storybook will help children aged 7-11 with PDA to recognise its features and develop tools to support them. 

Super shamal

Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome in Children: A Guide for Parents, Teachers and Other Professionals 

This straightforward guide offers a complete overview of Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDA) and gives practical advice for overcoming the difficulties it poses in a wide range of contexts from diagnosis through to adulthood.

by Ruth Fidler and Zara Healy Phil Christie, Margaret Duncan 

Understanding PDA

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children

Dr. Ross Greene, a clinician, and pioneer in the treatment of children with social, emotional, and behavioural challenges, knows that these children aren't attention-seeking, manipulative, or unmotivated. Rather, explosive children are lacking some skills flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem-solving, and they require a different approach to parenting and schooling.

Explosive child

The Panicosaurus: Managing Anxiety in Children Including Those with Asperger Syndrome.   by K.I. Al-Ghani 


Media Links

Media Links


STLS Introduction to PDA

Liz Johnson (Specialist Teacher for Communication and Interaction)

An Introductory Video on Pathological Demand Avoidance, or PDA


Demand Avoidance of the PDA kind

Video By The PDA Society

PDA kind

My Experience of Pathological Demand Avoidance

Video by Isaac Russell

Issac PDA

Signposting - Organisations, Support & Resources

Below is a List of Various Organisations that Provide Support, Advice and Resources.
If any of the details below require updating or amending, let us know

Please be aware that the organisations listed on this page are provided for information purposes only, and are not endorsed or recommended by STLS. You should always ensure that any service, activity, or therapy that you are considering for your child / young person is appropriate to their needs.



National Autistic Society Offers Support and Guidance on PDA.

Nas social skills in young children

The PDA Society

The PDA Society provide information, support and training for those living and working with PDA and work to raise awareness, increase acceptance and empower people to take action in relation to PDA.

PDA society
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