Help for Psychology

Understanding Autism and PDA

A workshop for GPs and other Health Care Professionals


This one day workshop, aimed at GPs and other Health Care Professionals, provides an introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Moving away from traditional stereotypes of Autism, the course explores the variety of ways in which Autism can present in both children and adults.  We also examine how Autism differs from other psychiatric definitions such as Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Attachment Disorder and Conduct Disorder. Of particular relevance, we discuss the concept of Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA). The course also looks at how females present differently to males, and explores the difference between Autism and Personality Disorder. Eating disorders are also discussed. A number of other conditions such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD/ADD co-exist with Autism. We examine how these conditions impact upon young people, their behaviour and their families. Finally we consider the mental health implications of not addressing the possibility of an individual having autism, and discuss the most effective way of supporting both them and their families.

Course Outline

1. What is an Autism Spectrum Disorder?

2. Common difficulties experienced by individuals on the Autistic Spectrum

3. ‘Atypical Autism’

4. Distinguishing Autism from Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Conduct Disorder and Emerging Personality Disorders

5. Autism and Co-morbidity

6. Autism and Mental Health

Understanding Autism

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This course is delivered in our dedicated training room 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 attendees get the most from the day, this course is limited to eight participants. Please email - - to make a booking, or click here to download a booking form.

Next course: To be announced

Bespoke training - 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.

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