Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is considered to be a profile within autism and it presents as an overwhelming need to resist and avoid the ordinary demands of life. The PDA Society estimates that 70% of PDA children and young people are not in school, arguing that this is because their needs are not being met.
Clare Truman joins Dale for her first SENDcast episode ‘An Introduction to PDA’. We discuss:
- What is PDA and what do we know about it, so far?
- How to prioritise and present demands for PDA learners
- How to reduce anxiety for PDA learners
- How to follow the PDA learner’s lead in learning
- The difference between PDA and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
By listening to this episode, you will gain valuable insights on how to provide better support for children and young people with PDA and help them re-engage with education.
Book: The Teacher’s Guide to Pathological Demand Avoidance: Essential Strategies for the Classroom published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Journal Article: Clare Truman, Laura Crane, Patricia Howlin & Elizabeth Pellicano (2021): The educational experiences of autistic children with and without extreme demand avoidance behaviours, International Journal of Inclusive Education, DOI: 10.1080/13603116.2021.1916108
About Clare Truman
Clare Truman is an education consultant, special education teacher and big sister to an autistic young man. From 2017 to 2019, she was director of Spectrum Space Community Interest Company; a social enterprise and alternative education provision based in Surrey which specialised in supporting autistic children who display Pathological Demand Avoidance. She now provides distance learning packages for students with PDA who find it difficult to access school. Clare is currently completing a PhD at UCL London exploring the educational experiences of PDA learners. She is author of The Teacher’s Guide to Pathological Demand Avoidance: Essential Strategies for the Classroom published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Be the first to hear when new podcasts go live!
The SENDcast is powered by B Squared
We have been involved with Special Educational Needs for over 25 years, helping show the small steps of progress pupils with SEND make. B Squared has worked with thousands of schools, we understand the challenges professionals working in SEND face. We wanted a way to support these hardworking professionals – which is why we launched The SENDcast! Click the button below to find out more about how B Squared can help improve assessment for pupils with SEND in your school.
Introducing SENDcast Sessions
SENDcast Sessions are a new way for schools to access high quality CPD from SEND experts brought to you by the SENDcast. It’s the same great guests featured on our weekly podcast, delivering focused 1-hour online training sessions on a wide range of SEND topics.
SENDcast Sessions provide schools with in depth content that can be accessed forever. Build a library of online CPD that your school can continue to use in the future – choose from over 100 training sessions!