Pathological Demand Avoidance Awareness

19oct3:30 PM5:30 PMPathological Demand Avoidance Awareness34 Spots remaining


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Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is linked to an extreme need to avoid everyday demands and opportunities. Some of the distinctive features of the profile are around high levels of anxiety, using social means to avoid, resisting the ordinary demands and excessive mood swings. The need for control in all areas is a prominent feature which can appear dominating. High levels of support are required along with specific strategies to engage.

This important 2-hour course has been designed for any staff working with students in the SEND field, or who would like to move into this field. Specifically designed to give an understanding of PDA and the strategies to aid learning.

During the session delegates will develop their basic understanding and knowledge of PDA, including various barriers and difficulties students may face. They will leave with supportive strategies and techniques to aid learning.

By the end of the session, delegates will have:

  • An understanding of PDA
  • An awareness of the barriers to learning and the impact of these difficulties
  • Be aware of strategies and activities to aid learning

Workshop leader Karen Ferguson is the Founder and Principal Trainer for Linrow Education. Karen started teaching science at a mainstream secondary school in 2000. She then moved into the SEND environment working with children and parents to help them overcome their disabilities and give them the skills to achieve their full potential. Karen was appointed as a Specialist Leader in Education for Autism and this allowed her to disseminate good practice and deliver SEND training. She offers various condition specific training, including ASC, ADHD and Dyslexia.

Karen has continued her personal professional development over the years: she has a Masters Degree in Education and Level 2 Dyslexia, ADHD, Autism and PDA qualifications. She is currently working towards her Doctorate in Education.

Karen believes that a better understanding of SEND and complex needs can be achieved through information sharing and is committed to ensuring that quality education is available to all.

The strategies are not diagnostic tools, and you will not be able to gain a diagnosis from this session.

This session will take place via the Zoom virtual  platform, you will be sent access codes / links prior to the virtual sessions.

This session will take place via the Zoom virtual  platform, delegates will be sent access codes/ links prior to the virtual sessions.

This course costs £20 for parents and £60 for professionals – you will receive an invoice following confirmation of your place on the programme.



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