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Pathological Demand Avoidance

Develop a comprehensive toolkit to support individuals with pathological demand avoidance in educational settings.

"I have some new and simple strategies to implement now. And the individual pupil profile page seems a great idea!"

Upton St Leonard's Primary


CPD Certified  

3 Hours  |  Live, interactive online training

Suitable for all teaching staff 

Payable by invoice  |  14 day payment terms

Who should take this course?

This course will empower all staff working in primary, secondary and SEND settings to support children with PDA. 


This training will cover practical advice and guidance from industry expert trainers who have previously advised Local Authorities nationwide.


You will learn to understand the needs of the pupil, recognise their strengths and interests, and be able to provide tailored strategies to help them succeed in their education. Secure your space now if you are currently working as a:

  • Teacher

  • SEND Teacher

  • Teaching Assistant 

  • Key Worker

  • HLTA

  • Early Years Professional

Did you know...

PDA is an Autism Spectrum Disorder which affects the way a person interacts with the world around them.

Children and young people with PDA can appear to be extremely challenging in the classroom, due to their difficulty handling social demands.

It is essential for Teachers to have an understanding of PDA and the challenges or learning barriers it may present, in order to provide their pupils with the best possible support and guidance.

Here's What You'll Learn

Enhanced Understanding

Dive deep into the intricacies of Pathological Demand Avoidance, gaining valuable insights into its nature, causes, and impact on individuals. Through expert guidance and engaging resources, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of PDA and its implications within educational settings.

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Characteristics of PDA

Gain an in-depth understanding of the unique traits and behaviours that individuals with PDA may exhibit. Through case studies and real-life examples, you will explore the wide range of characteristics associated with PDA, such as resistance to demands, anxiety, social difficulties, and cognitive inflexibility.

Pathological Demand Avoidance

Uncover the diverse behaviours that individuals with PDA may display, including avoidance strategies, meltdowns, demand avoidance, and intense emotional reactions. By delving into these behaviours, you will develop a nuanced understanding of how PDA manifests and its impact on individuals' day-to-day functioning

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Effective Strategies

Equip yourself with a comprehensive toolkit of strategies tailored to manage challenging behaviour associated with PDA. Discover evidence-based techniques and practical interventions that promote positive outcomes and support individuals with PDA in educational settings.

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PDA + Autism

Gain clarity on the relationship between PDA and autism. Explore the similarities and differences, understand overlapping traits, and develop a nuanced understanding of how to differentiate and address the unique needs of individuals with PDA within the broader context of autism.

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Meet the Trainers

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Gain expert advice and guidance from industry experts trusted by Local Authorities nationwide...

At Milestone Education, your training is always led by an experienced education professional in your chosen subject.


Our team is made up of educators and practitioners with a wealth of knowledge and real-world experience in safeguarding, leadership, and management, among other areas. They hold Degrees, Masters, and PhDs in their field, and are passionate about sharing their knowledge to improve teacher retention and benefit all children.

Our interactive and engaging learning experience ensures you get the most from your training, with feedback and questions welcomed.


Choose Milestone Education to invest in your professional development with the best educators in the industry.

See why education professionals all over the UK 
are using Milestone Education as their chosen Training Provider

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Very Engaging.

Craig Stringer

Roch CP School


"There was so much in the course that will be useful, both to myself and colleagues. As a school, our focus currently is Oracy, and the opening of the presentation helped me to focus on exactly where I need to focus activities and support. But the practical advice later, will be so useful for colleagues who are developing children's ability to communicate, regardless of ability.


The presenter, Sara, was very engaging, and clearly passionate about children and learning. having sat through so many zoom courses, and feeling a passenger, Sara really brought the subject to life and I felt fully engaged."

Ready to become a more inclusive practitioner?

Book your space on this course for fast results and lasting impact.

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