Do You Wish You Had A Way To Help Others Understand Pathological Demand Avoidance?

Do You Wish You Had A Way To Help Others Understand Pathological Demand Avoidance?

Well, now hopefully you do.

What’s more it’s completely free and neither you nor they will need to leave the comfort of home.

Whether you are a teacher wanting to learn more, a SENCO looking to deliver training to colleagues, or parent hoping to share information with your child’s school, I hope that this might make your job a little easier.

In today’s environment of budget cuts and classroom pressures it can be so difficult to attend external training. There is so often the will to want to make a difference to our students, but a lack of knowledge about how to apply that in practical day to day situations.

And for those of us who work in the SEND field, it’s perhaps especially difficult as we know that when we’re not in school our students often struggle.

When it comes to providing SEND training for support staff and teaching colleagues, that so often falls to Specialist Teachers or SENCOs. And I know from experience that there is only so long my staff want to listen to me for. I also know how long it can take to produce quality training materials, especially in areas where I am not an expert.

With that in mind, in addition to the emails I’ve received requesting more information about PDA, I’ve produced my first staff training video.

This video is intended for use either as individual or whole school CPD. It touches on many of the strategies raised in the blog for helping students with PDA, and also has a few extras hidden in there too.

For those that want them, if you join the tribe at the bottom, I’ll also send you a handout to accompany each slide, perfect for handing out after the training is complete.

I will aim each month to produce a new CPD video, each time featuring a different topic. Next month I’ll be covering ways to make writing less stressful for students with autism, and will contain tips for use both by support and teaching staff. If you requests for future sessions please don’t hesitate to get in touch and let me know, and I’ll try my best to accommodate them.

What Next?

If you do want to learn more you might find our autism section a useful place to start. It’s full of different strategies to try out.

If you join our tribe at the bottom of the post, you’ll receive a handout to accompany the training plus our free weekly newsletter containing strategies for use at home and school straight to your inbox.

Why not join our private Facebook Group, which brings parents and teachers of children on the spectrum together to discuss strategies to help at home and at school.

Or if you’re looking for more personal support, why not check out our Consultancy Services.

And of course if I can be of any help then please just shout (or drop me an email).



24 thoughts on “Do You Wish You Had A Way To Help Others Understand Pathological Demand Avoidance?

  1. My sister has a mild case of DS and we are fortunate that she’s very able and easy to teach. I’ve seen some of her classmates in special school (most of them have autism) and I have to admit I really felt for the teachers and TAs (some, who are fresh off uni). This would definitely help so I’m sharing this on their support board. 🙂

    This also would help a lot of people who are still understanding special kids. Thank you!

      1. Really useful tips that should work even in secondary school/college. Thank you. Please send me the handout to go with your PDA video. I will be sure to browse your site for more tips

  2. In my line of work I meet the occasional child with PDA and their parents will always tell me that other parents and other people don’t understand it.It must be really tough, Great post to raise awareness / understanding.

  3. Hi, the video is superb. Thanks so much, it will help me immensely when trying to help others understand PDA. How do I access the handouts than accompany each slide, please?

    1. Thank you so much, I’ve replied to your email and sent you a copy directly. Signing up below should also ensure you are sent a copy xx

    1. Thank you, I hope that through them training will be easier to access for those who otherwise may struggle to attend x

  4. Hi Victoria, we have our outcomes meeting for EHCP tomorrow, this video has really helped with my preparation. Thanks so much. Heidi

    Ps – are you from the Wirral?

    1. Hi Heidi, I’m so glad that the video has helped. No I’m not from the Wirral, I’m based in North Yorkshire xx

    1. Hi Kate, if you enter your email address into the form at the bottom you should receive it automatically. If you have any problems, just drop me an email (details on the contact page) and I’ll do that for you x

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