PDA: Understanding behaviour, and supporting learning – starts 16 March (Evening classes)


This course “Understanding behaviour, and supporting learning, for individuals with Pathological Demand Avoidance” (PDA) three week evening class is brought to you as a live, online, tutor-led programme.

Hosted online via Zoom, we’re covering important subjects to support intervention strategies across three weeks 7pm – 9pm:

– Tuesday 16 March

– Tuesday 23 March

– Tuesday 20 March

This course will be CPD certified by Can Do Courses, and will count as 6 CPD points towards your annual requirements.

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a complex autism spectrum condition that describes those whose main characteristic is to avoid everyday demands and expectations to an extreme extent.

The strategies to manage PDA are different to the strategies that can be effective for individuals with other forms of autism.  Many parents and teachers feel frustrated and helpless.  Young people 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.

You will:

–  Understand what it means:  Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA).

–  Recognise the impact which PDA has on an individual in different areas of life.

–  Learn more about the key principles of positive behaviour management and support strategies.

–  Know how to reduce the impact that PDA has on learning, and how to support behaviour for learning.


Karen’s sessions will include many practical examples of how to best support young people who have PDA and improve their life chances as a result.

**There will ample opportunity for questions, individualised strategies and sharing good practice.**

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
– Copy of course resources for reference
– CPD Certification

The cost to attend this live and online training across three evenings is ONLY £70.   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 info@can-do-courses.co.uk.

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.

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.