Help for Psychology PDA in School

Course outline:

A selection of comments made by participants attending previous courses:

‘Excellent strategies - and emphasis on having empathy in classroom will help so many children.’

‘Really informative. I will be feeding back to staff after Easter.’

‘Excellent delivery from a very knowledgeable person’

‘Very informative, and clearly delivered’

‘Engaging and very knowledgeable course leader’

‘Superb. Thank you’

‘Good for mainstream teachers who have had little previous experience.’

‘Really informative and covered a wide area of schools’ practice.’

‘Informative. Have been able to take away strategies to implement’

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

‘Discussion and information around the child with PDA as a learner, and strategies to implement in the classroom.’

‘All of it. The theory, background and practical.’

‘Overview of autism/PDA and strategies for learning management.’

‘Finding out what the signs of PDA were and examples of strategies to use.’

‘Managing meltdowns. Signs of PDA and different from other disorders.’

‘Understanding the difference between PDA and ODD.’

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 teachers, every attendee ticked ‘YES’.


Managing children with Autism and PDA in school


This one day course, delivered by Dr Judy Eaton, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, is aimed at classroom teachers, SENCOs, teaching assistants, support workers and lunch-time staff.  It provides an overview of the key features of both Autism and Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), and explains how PDA differs from other disorders such as Oppositional Defiance Disorder and Conduct Disorder. We discuss how the school environment can impact upon a child with Autism/PDA and offer suggestions for maximising learning opportunities for these children. How to recognise triggers for behavioural ‘meltdowns’, together with their management, is also included. Promoting positive relationships with parents and tackling the issue of exclusion is covered along with discussion about EHCP’s. Finally we discuss Autism/PDA and adolescence and Autism/PDA and mental health issues. The whole course is run in an informal manner and provides ample opportunity for discussion, questions and sharing of ideas.

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This course is delivered at our clinic in Norwich. The cost of the course is £125, and includes coffee and biscuits on arrival and break times, plus a buffet lunch. To ensure all participants get the most from the day, this course is now limited to eight attendees.

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