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Understanding PDA: Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment

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Pathological Demand Avoidance is a complex condition requiring a nuanced understanding of its presentation, particularly in autism and learning disabilities. This Understanding PDA: Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment course offers an opportunity to explore PDA, its causes, and its impact on individuals, families, and professionals. By understanding the challenges faced by those with PDAs, you will be better equipped to offer support and create more inclusive environments in various settings.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop awareness of Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) and its characteristics.
  • Gain knowledge of autism and its relation to PDA.
  • Understand strategies for supporting PDA individuals in educational settings.
  • Explore Sensory Processing Disorder and its impact on PDA.
  • Study the history and development of PDA as a concept.
  • Learn about the connection between learning disabilities and autism.


10 CPD hours / points
Accredited by CPD Quality Standards

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The growing awareness of PDA and its importance in the field of autism and learning disabilities has led to an increased demand for professionals with specialised knowledge in this area. This Understanding PDA: Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment course will empower you with the expertise needed to make a difference in the lives of individuals affected by PDA and contribute to the development of best practices in education, healthcare, and support services.

In the UK, there are around 700,000 individuals diagnosed with autism, and a significant number of them may exhibit PDA traits. This course will help you to stand well-positioned to seize the opportunities presented by this growing need for skilled practitioners. So dive into the world of Pathological Demand Avoidance and become an invaluable resource for individuals and their families on their journey towards improved understanding and support.

Here is the curriculum breakdown of this Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis course:

Module 01: Introduction to Pathological Demand Avoidance

Gain insight into the fundamentals of PDA, its key features, and how it distinguishes itself from other conditions. Understand the challenges faced by individuals with PDAs and their families.

Module 02: Understanding Autism

Delve into the autism spectrum, its various forms, and its relationship with PDA. Learn about the similarities and differences between autism and PDA, as well as the impact on individuals and their support networks.

Module 03: PDA in Schools and Parent Information

Examine the difficulties PDA presents in educational settings and the crucial role parents play in supporting their children. Then, discover strategies for accommodating PDAs in schools to promote inclusion and success.

Module 04: Sensory Processing Disorder

Investigate the connection between PDA and Sensory Processing Disorder, understanding how they influence one another. Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis, and intervention strategies for this condition.

Module 05: The History of PDA

Trace the development of PDA as a concept, from its origins to its current recognition as a distinct condition. Explore the research, clinical observations, and milestones that contributed to our understanding of PDA.

Module 06: Learning Disability and Autism

Examine the relationship between learning disabilities and autism, focusing on how they affect individuals with PDA. Understand the unique challenges faced by those with co-occurring conditions and the importance of tailored support.

Who is this course for?

This Understanding PDA: Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment course is designed for educators, parents, healthcare professionals, and individuals interested in learning more about Pathological Demand Avoidance and its associated conditions. The content will be valuable for those looking to understand the unique needs of individuals with PDAs and to develop effective strategies for supporting them in various settings. Additionally, this course will be helpful for professionals working with autistic individuals or those with learning disabilities who may encounter PDA in their practice.

Career path

  • Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) - £24-42k/year
  • Autism Support Worker - £18-25k/year
  • Educational Psychologist - £35-60k/year
  • Speech and Language Therapist - £24-45k/year
  • Occupational Therapist - £24-48k/year

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