Pathological Demand Avoidance PDA

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AET Standards, Guidelines for Good Practise  PDA

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

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Encouraging the Positive in PDA

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

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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)

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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

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Positive PDA Booklet

The approaches and strategies in this booklet come from research conducted by Dr Emma Gore Langton, Educational Psychologist. Emma interviewed the parents and teaching staff of nine children with PDA, ranging from Reception to Year 6. Parents and teaching staff spoke in great detail about the strategies they found most helpful so that they could be passed on to others.

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. 

Booklet by The PDA Society

What is PDA


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, a part of the autism spectrum, from her perspective, helping them to understand how it causes her to find simple, everyday demands very stressful. Issy tells readers (aged 7 upwards) about all the ways she can be helped and supported by those around her.

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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. Explaining why this approach is beneficial, it presents key information, advice and resources to help education professionals best support pupils with PDA, and also school staff.

by Ruth Fidler and Phil Christie

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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.

But now Tally has a new worry - her school trip. And that means new places, new people and new challenges. She quickly falls in with the popular girls and is grateful that they don't make a big deal about her autism, but it's not long before Tally realises that, while the girls are popular, they aren't very kind.

With a jolt Tally understands that she's not the only one who's been made to feel like she has to hide her true self. But will she find the strength to stand up for herself and the people she knows are being treated unfairly, or will she stay quiet?

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 discusion 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. The book follows her son, Fraser and the sudden change in him when starting primary school, aged just four. Katie recounts the difficulty both she and the school staff had understanding Fraser's extreme behaviours until he was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome and PDA. Katie provides a detailed account of the PDA specific behaviours in Fraser and how she learnt to lessen the impact of these but focusing on the cause (anxiety and a need for control), rather than the effect.

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. A clear guide, complete with interactive exercises and colour illustrations.

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.

Author and illustrator Sally Cat is an adult PDA author, artist and blogger. She has posted hundreds of graphic memes describing PDA on her popular Facebook page. This book uses the same format to communicate the lived experience of the condition in an easy to understand way via 75 memes.

The topics covered are PDA avoidance, control-need, anxiety, intolerance of uncertainty, social mimicry & masking, emotions, overload, meltdown & shutdown, school and adult life. 2020

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). It includes strategies to help manage PDA behaviours, information on obtaining a diagnosis and raising awareness, and explanations to help readers gain a better understanding of the condition.

2015   ISBN: 978-1-84905-614-4  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. A helpful introduction for parents and carers explains how it feels to live with the panic attacks and general anxiety that are caused by living with PDA, and the appendices at the back provide useful strategies to be adopted at school and at home.

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

What's an explosive child? A child who responds to routine problems with extreme frustration. A child whose frequent, severe outbursts leave his or her parents feeling frustrated, scared, worried, and desperate for help.

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.

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The Panicosaurus: Managing Anxiety in Children Including Those with Asperger Syndrome 

This fun, easy-to-read and fully illustrated storybook will inspire children who experience anxiety, and encourage them to banish their own Panicosauruses with help from Mabel's strategies. Parents and carers will like the helpful introduction, explaining anxiety in children, and the list of techniques for lessening anxiety at the end of the K.I. Al-Ghani 


Media Links


STLS Introduction to PDA

Liz Johnson (Specialist Teacher for Communication and Interaction)

PDA Doodly

An Introductory Video on Pathological Demand Avoidance, or PDA


Demand Avoidance of the PDA kind

Video By The PDA Society

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My Experience of Pathological Demand Avoidance

Video by Isaac Russell

Issac PDA



National Autistic Society Offers Support and Guidance on PDA.

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The PDA Society

The organisation was first established in 1997 by parents of children with a PDA profile of autism. The PDA Society became a registered charity in January 2016. We 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.

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