Supporting Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) starts 16 March (Evening classes)


This Level 2 ‘Supporting Children, Teenagers and Young Adults with Pathological Demand Avoidance’ training is brought to you as a  live, online, tutor-led three-week evening programme.

Hosted online via Zoom, we’re covering the four learning outcomes across three weeks 7pm – 9pm:

– Tuesday 16 March

– Tuesday 23 March

– Tuesday 20 March

This Level 2 short course qualification is accredited by OCN London, an Ofqual-approved awarding organisation.

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a complex autism spectrum condition characterised by high anxiety and a need to be in control.  As a result of high anxiety individuals with PDA can find everyday demands and requests intolerable.  Often children and young people with PDA can display behaviours that are challenging to others.

The strategies to manage PDA are different to the strategies that can be effective for indivudals with other forms of autism.  Many parents feel frustrated and helpless as children with PDA can behave very differently at home and school, and therefore are often told that their child’s behaviour is a result of their parenting.

Many Local Authorities do not recognise PDA as it is not in the DSMV.   This course can help teachers, LSAs, TAs and parents know some best practice for the right kind of support.​

Your tutor for this course is Karen Ferguson (BSc (Hons), PGCE, MEd).  Please see more about Karen on our “About” page.

The Learning Outcomes state that by the end of the course you will:

1.     Understand the meaning of Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA).
2.     Understand the impact PDA has on a child, teenager or young adult.
3.     Understand the key principles of positive behaviour management when working with children, teenagers and young adults with PDA.
4.     Know how to reduce the impact that PDA has on learning

All the course content includes practical examples of how to best support young people who have PDA and improve their life chances as a result.

The materials include courses resources which can be used in a variety of settings and which can be contextualised to suit the environment whether at school, college, training centre, Alternative Provision or at home.

What’s included?

– 3 evenings of training
– Complete study pack of Workbook and Resources
– OCN London Accreditation and Certification (QCF)

During the online classes you can make notes and begin to complete your assessment workbook. The workbook forms the final assessment which, when completed, you submit for marking by your tutor.  If the assessment is completed satisfactorily the marked copy will be sent for verification and accreditation.  If you need to complete additional work to your assessment, it will be returned to you with notes from the tutor to give you guidance as to the areas for improvement. You can re-submit your work at this time and it will be sent for accreditation.

The cost to attend this live and online training across three evenings is ONLY £99.   Concessions for parents will apply, please enquire.

How to Enrol
It’s easy to enrol.  You can enrol and pay here via the website (Add to Cart) or email to

By enrolling you have agreed to the conditions of enrolment – the small print.

How to pay
Payment in full must be received before the course date.  Payment can be made by  Digital Banking, PayPal or Credit Card.  Sorry, we don’t have an official instalment plan.

Small print – conditions of enrolment
Payment must be made before the start date. Refunds will not normally be given.  By enrolling you agree to follow your tutor’s advice.

Copyright of the materials belongs to Can Do Courses and PAST and no part of the materials should be reproduced unless for your own use when working with students.

We’re confident that you’ll enjoy this course and look forward to meeting you.