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Pathological Demand Avoidance Course – Thatcham

A three part course for parents/carers of children and young people who present with the PDA profile of Autism, who live, or attend a school, in Berkshire.

Although PDA cannot yet be formally diagnosed in its own right, there is growing awareness and recognition of the PDA profile as a distinct Autism Spectrum Condition that is best managed with specific strategies that can differ from those used for other types of Autism. This course is for parents and carers of young people who present with PDA, whether or not they have received any diagnosis.

Topics Covered Include:

Session 1: Understanding PDA (2nd October)

  • What PDA is (and what it isn’t)
  • Differences from other forms of Autism and ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder)
  • Anxiety and PDA
  • Strengths and challenges
  • Issues around PDA recognition and diagnosis

Session 2: Strategies for managing PDA – Part 1 (16th October)

  • Strategies for managing PDA
  • Handling challenging behaviours
  • ‘Collaborative parenting’
  • Self-care and signposting for support

Session 3: Strategies for managing PDA – Part 2 (30th October)

  • Further strategies for parents and carers
  • Supporting your PDA’er to self-manage
  • Supporting other family members – especially siblings
  • Schooling and education
  • Supporting PDA’ers to learn

Cost £30 per person. We anticipate this course being very popular so please do not book unless you can attend all three sessions.

Please click here to book.

This course will be led by PSC specialist parenting practitioners Leila Cox and Helen Cattermole. Many areas of PSC work receive no funding, for example our Helpline, so we are always grateful for any donations however large or small.

Please note that we cannot accommodate children at this event and we require 7 days notice of cancellation to offer a refund.


Wednesday 2 October 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Thatcham and Central Family Hub
Park Lane
Thatcham, Berkshire RG18 3PG United Kingdom
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