Pathological Demand Avoidance PDA

Page updated 4th Jan 2021


Free Downloadable Resources

Free Downloadable Resources

The Coventry Grid Interview to include the Pathological Demand Avoidant profile 
Aet pdaAET Standards, Guidelines for Good Practise  PDA Taken from the Good Autism Practice Journal published by BILD, 2007, Phil Christie, UK
Encouraging the Positive in PDA By, Ms Sarah Ormond, Psychologist.  Introduction to PDA, strategies, and links to additional support. 
Fintan O ReganFintan O Regan on PDA. Slides "No two children are the same"
15th of Jan 2019 Fintan O’Regan
PANDAPDA 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 2PDA Mind Map
What is PDA
What is PDA? A guide to the Pathological Demand Avoidance profile of autism by The PDA Society
Positive PDAPositive PDA Booklet The approaches and strategies in this booklet come from parents and teaching staff. 
Parents' Request for Reasonable Adjustments in School. Template
Student profileStudent's Profile. Sample 

Media Links

Media Links

PDA and Sensory Processing Disorder with Alison Hart

An Introduction to Pathological Demand Avoidance

An Introductory Video on Pathological Demand Avoidance, or PDA


Demand Avoidance of the PDA kind
The PDA Society

PDA Society simple support strategies for a PDA profile of autism

PDA Webinar
Education and support needs of children with PDA with Phil Christie and Ruth Fidler


Understanding PDA webinar part one

Understanding PDA webinar part two

PDA and Family Resilience with Laura Kerbey and Angela Kelly


PDA and Sensory Processing Disorder with Alison Hart

PDA & masking with James

Coverage of PDA on BBC Look North 19th Dec 2018


PDA and Speech & Language Therapy with Libby Hill

PDA best practice - what the PDA community would like professionals to know

PDA best practice - what the professionals would like you to know


PDA best practice - what the education professionals would like you to know

Online gaming with Max Toper - part 1: Positive influences of online communities

Online gaming with Max Toper - part 2: Risks of online gaming


Online gaming with Max Toper - part 3: Managing screen time

PDA and Mental Health with Dr Judy Eaton

STLS Introduction to PDA

PDA & Managing the Impact of COVID - Media links

PDA and Managing the Impact of COVID - Media links

PDA Society Coronavirus Q&A: Helping PDA teens & young adults understand lockdown rules

PDA Society Coronavirus Q&A: Managing video calls and transition tips

PDA Society Coronavirus Q&A: Preparing children for life after the coronavirus outbreak


PDA Society Coronavirus Q&A: Siblings with Dr Judy Eaton & Paula Webb

PDA Society Coronavirus Q&A: Education with Jilly Davis



Recommended Reading

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.


Nas social skills in young childrenNational Autistic Society Offers Support and Guidance on PDA.
PDA society
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.
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