Pathological Demand Avoidance PDA/EDA

Page updated 13th May 2022


Free Downloadable Resources/Reading

STLS 5Assessments and Guidelines

AetAET Standards, Guidelines for Good Practise  PDA 
FrequencyExtreme demand avoidance questionnaire
An informal assessment to identify possible Extreme Demand Avoidance EDA also known as PDA.
FrequencyPDA Profiler
Books tiled 1427986The Coventry Grid Interview to include the Pathological Demand Avoidant profile 

STLS 5PDA Information

Hands 117688510 things you need to know about PDA.  Source Steph's Two Girls
AutismAutism with PDA
Thumbs upEncouraging the Positive in PDA   Introduction to PDA, strategies, and links to additional support. 
FintanFintan O Regan on PDA. Slides "No two children are the same"
PdaDifferences Between ODD and PDA
Pda 2Is PDA real?Source Steph's Two Girls
Pda 2PDA v's ODD - A Mum's Story
STLS 5STLS PDA Awareness Booklet
Pie chart 1165990The Family of Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Children circle 1528995What Challenges are Faced by Siblings of Those with PDA and How to Support Them.
Social thinkingWhat is PDA?  By Social Thinking
Pda 2What is PDA?
By the PDA Society
Pda societyWhat is PDA - Booklet  By PDA Society

SSTLS 5trategies

Thumbs upEncouraging the Positive in PDA
HandsHelpful Approaches for Parents & Carers 
By the PDA Society
Pda 2How to Manage PDA - A Mum's Story
SchoolManaging PDA in Class
Pda societyPANDA Strategies Infographic
Pda societyPDA for Teaching Professionals 
By the PDA Society
Pda societyPDA - Keys to Care  
By the PDA Society
Brain in hand 1312350PDA - Mind Map
SchoolPDA - Strategies for School
Thumbs upPositive PDA 
By Positive PDA
Pda 2Strategies for PDA 
Source Steph's Two Girls

STLS 5Resources

EhcpEHCP and PDA
Pda 2PDA Awareness Card
Notepad 1417713Parents' Request for Reasonable Adjustments in School. Template
Block notes 1238579Sources for Further Understanding
EhcpStudent's Profile. Sample 

Media Links

STLS 5Media Links

PDA and Sensory Processing Disorder with Alison Hart
An Introduction to Pathological Demand Avoidance
An Introductory Video on Pathological Demand Avoidance, or PDA
Demand Avoidance of the PDA kind
The PDA Society
PDA Society simple support strategies for a PDA profile of autism
PDA Webinar
Education and support needs of children with PDA with Phil Christie and Ruth Fidler
Understanding PDA webinar part one
Understanding PDA webinar part two
PDA and Family Resilience with Laura Kerbey and Angela Kelly
PDA and Sensory Processing Disorder with Alison Hart
PDA & masking with James
Coverage of PDA on BBC Look North 19th Dec 2018
PDA and Speech & Language Therapy with Libby Hill
PDA best practice - what the PDA community would like professionals to know
PDA best practice - what the professionals would like you to know
PDA best practice - what the education professionals would like you to know
Online gaming with Max Toper - part 1: Positive influences of online communities
Online gaming with Max Toper - part 2: Risks of online gaming
Online gaming with Max Toper - part 3: Managing screen time
PDA and Mental Health with Dr Judy Eaton
STLS Introduction to PDA
Barriers to school    
Let’s not talk about school ‘refusal’; let’s talk about barriers to attendance with Fran Morgan

PDA & Managing the Impact of COVID - Media links

STLS 5PDA and Managing the Impact of COVID - Media links

PDA Society Coronavirus Q&A: Helping PDA teens & young adults understand lockdown rules
PDA Society Coronavirus Q&A: Managing video calls and transition tips
PDA Society Coronavirus Q&A: Preparing children for life after the coronavirus outbreak
PDA Society Coronavirus Q&A: Siblings with Dr Judy Eaton & Paula Webb
PDA Society Coronavirus Q&A: Education with Jilly Davis


Recommended Reading

Signposting - Organisations, Support & Resources

Below is a List of Various Organisations that Provide Support, Advice and Resources.
If any of the details below require updating or amending, let us know
Please be aware that the organisations listed on this page are provided for information purposes only, and are not endorsed or recommended by STLS. You should always ensure that any service, activity, or therapy that you are considering for your child / young person is appropriate to their needs.

STLS 5Signposting

NasNational Autistic Society Offers Support and Guidance on PDA.
StephSteph's Two Girls. A website born out of the personal experience of being a mum of children with PDA. It is full of information and recommended resources. 
Pda societyThe PDA Society provide information, support and training for those living and working with PDA and work to raise awareness, increase acceptance and empower people to take action in relation to PDA.
Pda societyElective home education - helpful approaches & resources for PDA This resource consists of helpful approaches and resources to support parents who are home educating PDA children and young people
Pda societySupport for Siblings
The PDA Society offer advice and support for siblings of those with PDA. 
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