Teal tinted image of 2 kids laying on the floor and writing in a notebook together. Superimposed over the image is white text reading 'PDA and Autism' and the presenters' names, Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) and Autism

The purpose of this training is to increase your understanding of Pathological Demand Syndrome (PDA) or Extreme Demand Avoidance (EDA), to assist you to recognise the profile your child, student or client, to increase your confidence in your role with these children and equip you with strategies to maximise positive outcomes.

Who Will Benefit?

  • Teachers, teacher’s aides, Principals, Deputy Principals, HOSES.
  • Parents,  carers and family members.
  • Health professionals who see autistic children and adolescents, for e.g., psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, social workers, mental health nurses, physiotherapists, counsellors, GPs, paediatricians and psychiatrists.

The presenters describe the history of PDA and outline current international definitions and understanding of this autism subtype. Recent research literature on PDA is reviewed. The participant will learn about two potential caregiver report measures to assist them to detect PDA. PDA-specific challenges for the PDA child are described. The current best recommended approach for PDA at school, home and in therapy is presented. Participants will learn how to develop a relationship with a person with PDA, practical tips for improving communication, how to assist with their emotional understanding and growth, how to increase their positive self-identity, to manage meltdowns, and the best resources for parents, teachers, and therapists for PDA. The content is highly relevant for parents, teachers, and health professionals.

Learning Objectives

  • To be able to describe the different neurology in autism, and the nuances and differences of the PDA presentation.
  • To know what to look for to understand if PDA is present, including the use of two questionnaires.
  • To be able to list several key components to the parenting approach that is recommended for PDA.
  • To be able to describe the key components for successful inclusion and teaching of the PDA student.
  • To learn strategies for improving communication and your relationship with the PDA child or teenager.
  • To know the strategies that are more likely to engage a PDA child or teenager in the classroom and in the therapy room.
  • To be able to use strategies in the home, classroom and therapy room to increase positive self-identity, increase emotional understanding and maturity, and to manage a meltdown.

When: 9.30am-12.45pm (AEST Brisbane) Friday 26th August 2022

Where: Webinar online

Presented by: Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett

Cost: $99.00 Early Bird (ends 07/07/22) or $120.00 Full Price.  Cost may be claimable from NDIS funding if you are Self-Managed or Plan Managed.

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