Autism and PDA Combined training day – 23 June 2022


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Autism & PDA – a combined training day

This is a MUST-ATTEND event for anyone working with autistic and PDA children and young people.

Morning session:  Success for Autistic students (10.00am – 12.30pm)

Sometimes the symptoms and anxieties associated with Autism make it difficult for autistic students to easily manage their behaviour in the classroom.  This session aims to reveal some simple strategies to support autistic students.

By the end of the session, participants will

  • Recognise some of the characteristics and behaviour associated with Autism

  • Understand the facts and the myths surrounding Autism

  • Have increased knowledge of how to remove barriers to learning in an educational setting for Autistic students

  • Learn how to minimise the effects of behaviour

Lunch break is around 12.30

Afternoon session: Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance (1.30pm – 4.00pm)

During this training session, our aims are that participants will:

– Understand the meaning of Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

– Know how to support a PDA pupil/student in class and elsewhere

– Recognise what causes the behaviours associated with PDA and the best methods to de-escalate

– Be more aware of how PDA and Autism are linked

Who should attend:

This full day programme is designed for:

  • teaching staff

  • SENCos

  • student mentors

  • personal tutors

  • lecturers

  • pastoral teams

  • parents

  • carers

  • youth workers

Fees for the day include fully guided training (via Zoom), all course resources and a certificate of attendance.         


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