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Managing Children or Adults with Autism or PDA

A workshop for team members in residential units


This one day workshop is designed for residential schools, care homes or in-patient units where clients or patients (child or adult) have a diagnosis of (or are suspected of having) Autism or PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance).

The workshop provides a highly interactive and practical forum which allows time for care and support staff, alongside other members of the multi-disciplinary team, to discuss the specific issues of a client or patient and develop strategies for working with them.

Course Outline

  1. What is Autism/PDA?
  2. Early signs of Autism/PDA
  3. Difficulties experienced by individuals with Autism/PDA
  4. How Autism/PDA differs from other conditions (including Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Attachment Disorder and Personality Disorder)
  5. Exploring learning difficulty (including the ‘spiky’ cognitive profiles seen in many individuals with Autism/PDA)
  6. Supporting individuals with Autism/PDA
  7. Developing Care Plans
  8. Dealing with challenging behaviour and ‘meltdown’
  9. Formulation and intervention planning

For groups of up to eight we can provide training courses within our training room at The Grange, or alternatively provide in-house training at your premises. Please contact us for a bespoke quote.

Prices of all in-house courses are based upon specific needs. For further details please contact:

A selection of comments made by participants from an in-house course we delivered in May:

‘Excellent info, very supportive. Very understanding of how challenging the role is.’

‘Great thought provoking session.’

‘Great course, interesting, interactive!’

‘Well presented and planned.’

‘Very interesting and informative.’

‘I found the course really valuable and interesting.’

‘Really enjoyed it. Looking forward to try putting into practice and seeing results. Enjoyed taking part also.’

‘Lovely course. Very informative. Very relevant.’

The question ‘What part of the course did you find most useful?’, received the following selection of responses:

‘All of the course, informative, excellent delivery. Staff comments taken with value.’

‘Talk about PDA very interesting.’

‘Insight into how PDA affects people with autism. Personalisation towards the individual we support.’

‘Interactive sessions. Strategies specific to our s/u.’

‘Understanding strategies of PDA.’

‘The traits of PDA, as I had no previous knowledge on this. I found it useful as I could pick up on the traits the individual we support has. I feel I have gained a good understanding.’

Also, gaining a better understanding of PDA and the different strategies to use, were mentioned several times in answer to the above question.

When asked if they would recommend this course to other support workers, every attendee ticked ‘YES’.


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