Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

This is a comprehensive course will teach you how to develop and reflect on your understanding of PDA and how to gather information on your child's profile. You'll then learn how to select the best strategies to support the child. We'll then teach you the skills needed to support a child with a PDA profile and long term planning and finally, how a personalised learning plan can be developed for the very best outcomes.

Available as part of the Getting it Right membership or individually for a one of payment £20.
Pathological Demand Avoidance

What you'll learn on this course

In this comprehensive course you will develop an understanding of PDA and learn key skills and strategies to support your learners or children with PDA.

  • 1

    Introduction to Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

    • Introduction

  • 2

    Understanding PDA

    • History of PDA

    • Key Features of PDA

    • Co-existing conditions and PDA

    • WATCH: Isaac Russell

    • WATCH: PDA Society - what is PDA like?

    • Challenging Behaviour and Distress

    • Summary and Community Question

  • 3

    Developing Strategies to Support Your Child & The Role of the Adult

    • Activity Everyday demands and Priorities

    • Pick Your Battles

    • Anxiety Management

    • Negotiation and Collaboration

    • Disguising Demands using Language

    • Adapting the Curriculum

    • Growing Up PDA

    • Summary and Community Question

  • 4

    Developing a Personalised Learning Plan & Choosing the Right School

    • What to do if you think your child has PDA

    • READ: Diagnosis

    • Developing an Educational Approach

    • What to put in an EHCP

    • School Choice

    • Case Studies

    • READ: Highly Sensitive Neuroception May Be At The Heart of PDA

    • Summary and Community Question

    • Resources & Further Reading

    • Pathological Demand Avoidance - what have you learned?

    • Training Evaluation & Feedback

This course is available for individual purchase or as part of the Getting it Right membership, starting at just £10 per month for individual membership.

  • £10.00 / month

    Inidividual Membership

    Join Today
  • £50.00 / month

    Small School [ <50 staff]

    Join Today
  • £100.00 / month

    Medium School [ <100 staff]

    Join Today
  • £200.00 / month

    Large School [100+ staff]

    Join Today

Or, buy this course as a one-time purchase

No risk, no questions asked 30-day money-back guarantee.

Get TWO MONTHS FREE when you choose an annual membership. Get in touch to find out more.

How long will this course take to complete? This course will take 2-3 hours to complete in full, plus additional reading and activities.

Can I pay by invoice or PO? Yes of course! Join today, or contact us to purchase via PO / invoice and we will provide a voucher code for all your staff to enrol.

How do whole school memberships work? Join today, or contact us to purchase via PO / invoice and we will provide a voucher code for all your staff to enrol.

Please email us at

Your Instructor


Lynn McCann

Lynn McCann and her Team at Reachout ASC are a centre of excellence in supporting autistic children and young people in the education system. They are currently working closely with parents and schools to support their autistic pupils through the lockdown. Lynn is the author of three books for teachers, and delivers training and speaking engagements around the country. The team specialises in supporting educational accessibility, mental wellbeing and personal development with their autistic students.