Autism/PDA combined training day 28 June 2019


28 June 2019
London, Euston

If you want or need to know more about working with children and young people who have Autism or  Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) in an education or other setting, here is an essential combined training day.


The trainer for these two programmes is our Laura Kerbey, an autism champion, who has worked extensively with children and young people with high functioning autism, Asperger’s syndrome and PDA, in both mainstream and SEN learning environments.

Six Simple Steps for Success with Autism (9.30am – 12.00pm)

Whether in a teaching or supporting role, people attending this workshop will be able to leave the training with knowledge in the following areas:

Six Simple Steps:

Step 1        Understand what it means to have autism

Step 2        Communicate effectively with children and young people who have autism

Step 3        Overcome sensory difficulties

Step 4        Remove barriers to learning

Step 5        Create an autism friendly environment

Step 6        Use positive behaviour management

Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance (1.00pm – 3.30pm)

What is PDA?
Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a complex Autism Spectrum Condition that needs a very different approach to the usual one adopted with individuals with autism.

This second part of the day gets to grips with PDA.  During the afternoon we will pull back the curtain on this condition.  In particular, you will:

  • Gain a greater understanding of the meaning of Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA).
  • Know more about the impact PDA has on a child, teenager or young adult and how they might be supported.
  • Get to know the key principles of positive behaviour management when working with children, teenagers and young adults with PDA.
  • Recognise the effects that PDA has on learning and understand how to reduce the impact of this.


Who should attend:

This programme is designed for:

  • teaching staff
  • student mentors
  • personal tutors
  • lecturers
  • staff in any learning and skills environment
  • parents
  • carers
  • mentors
  • youth workers


Optional Level 2 qualification: if you’d like to register for a formal Ofqual-approved accreditation, you can complete assessment materials for either or both of these subjects.  Our short-course qualifications are accredited by OCN London.  Fees for the registration/accreditation are an additional £50 per module, and as this is optional you can let us know nearer the time.

So whether you’re a teacher, teaching assistant, learning support, parent, youth worker, childminder, carer….. or in fact in any place where you may come into contact with young people who have autism… you need this training!

The cost is only £195, which includes a resource pack, lunch, certificate of attendance and refreshments.

*** NB – Early bird discount of £25 can be gained by booking before 31 May and adding the coupon PDA2806 at the checkout ***

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