Autism & PDA (pathological demand avoidance) training 23 Nov 2018


This combined Autism & PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) training programme is being held at the Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury (nearest rail/tube stations are London Euston and Kings Cross/St Pancras).

Morning session: Six Simple Steps when Working with Learners 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 students 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

Afternoon session – Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance (1.00pm – 3.30pm)

After lunch, 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 full day programme is designed for:

  • teaching staff

  • student mentors

  • personal tutors

  • lecturers

  • staff in any learning and skills environment

  • parents

  • carers

  • youth workers


Fees for the day include refreshments and lunch, course resources and certificate of attendance.

Any participants wishing to know how to gain the OCN London Level 2 accreditation of either or both of these titles, get in touch to learn more.  The trainer Laura Kerbey will provide a tutorial after the main training event to cover the learning outcomes and provide the resources you need.  NB An additional fee of £50 per subject for formal accreditation will be payable

Bookings can be made directly through the Cart here or by contacting