Collaborative Approaches to Learning For Pupils With PDA: Strategies for Education Professionals


The authors of this publication bring together experience in complex autism, emotional wellbeing, diagnosis and assessment and in training and consultancy across the UK. The focus of the book is on a group of children who may fit the profile described as pathological demand avoidance , which is now, ‘widely understood to be a profile within the autistic spectrum’. It is intended for educational practitioners working with children across a wide range of ages and settings, who need a more collaborative approach to learning and teaching, due to very high levels of anxiety. These children often find it hard to tolerate the demands and expectations of other people and are controlling of other people and aspects of their environment.

In addition, there are useful forms in the appendix, such as a flexible visual schedule and personalised curriculum checklist.

The book provides the reader with a comprehensive guide to the key features of PDA, linked to recent research and developments and the implications for education professionals. The authors explain that it is the responsibility of the adult to come up with ways to help pupils become less anxious , more tolerant and able to do more of what is expected. This is achieved through personalisation and flexibility that can be consistently applied and adhered to. 

This is an informative and clearly written book that supports those working and living with children who present with these challenges.

Authors: R. Fiddler and P. Christie
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-78592-017-2
Price: £14.99

Mary Mountstephen
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