Pathological Demand Avoidance Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

A pervasive developmental disorder that is common in individuals on the autistic spectrum, pathological demand avoidance (PDA) is characterised by an avoidance of demand-framed requests by an individual and causes difficulties with social communication and interaction with others. Take the Pathological Demand Avoidance Diploma Course and you’ll learn support structures and effective strategies to aid young children and adolescents with the condition.

The course begins by covering what Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is and how to recognise the features and characteristics of a person who has it. The differences between PDA and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) are highlighted and the process of getting a PDA diagnosis is defined.

The course explores the history of pathological demand avoidance, which only became a named condition in the 1980s and has only quite recently (2000 onwards) gained more focus and awareness, and introduces key figures within the field. You’ll read through 2 cases studies and a parent’s insight, to give you a better understanding of PDA and what living with a child with the condition is like.

As a pervasive developmental disorder that often co-occurs with the diagnosis of autism, it is important that you understand what it means to be on the autism spectrum. The Pathological Demand Avoidance Diploma Course explains the characteristics and difficulties that can occur with autism, how it is diagnosed and covers Asperger syndrome - a milder form of autism.

Many, if not all, people on the autistic spectrum also suffer from sensory processing disorder (SPD) to varying degrees. You’ll learn more about SPD, the signs that may indicate specific difficulties a child may be having, and gain an understanding of what it is like to have sensory processing disorder.

As with other autism spectrum disorder profiles, pathological demand avoidance is dimensional, so its effects can be greater or lesser in each individual. No matter the severity of the condition, it is still important to be able to identify the triggers and have strategies in place to avoid these or provide the right kind of support when they do occur.

This course provides advice and guidance to parents, siblings, and educators on how to get the most from a child with the condition. You’ll also learn the benefits of working with a Key Worker and the key skills and strategies they will need to help a child with PDA to reach their full potential.

Pathological Demand Avoidance Diploma Course

Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Anxiety and Stress
  • Part 2: What is Pathological Demand Avoidance?
  • Part 3: Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: The History of PDA
  • Part 2: Significant Figures
  • Part 3: Case Studies
  • Part 4: The Benefits of Having a ‘Label’
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is Autism?
  • Part 2: Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Part 3: Diagnostic Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: PDA in the Young Child
  • Part 2: Strategies for Parents
  • Part 3: Sensory Difficulties
  • Part 4: Tantrums and Meltdowns
  • Part 5: Tips for Parents
  • Part 6: A Helpful Approach
  • Part 7: The Family
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: PDA in Schools
  • Part 2: The Child as a Learner
  • Part 3: The Role of the Teacher
  • Part 4: Useful Wording
  • Part 5: Sharing Control
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: Adult Support
  • Part 2: The Key Worker
  • Part 3: Synchronise Demand and Tolerance
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Part 2: Categories
  • Part 3: What Does It Feel Like?
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Formal Assessment
  • Part 2: Case Study
  • Part 3: Adults with PDA
  • Part 4: Autism in the Work Place
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Setting Up a Business
  • Part 2: Marketing Your Business
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Conclusion
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

The Pathological Demand Avoidance Diploma Course is suitable for anybody who wishes to understand PDA, whether it be to understand your own child, a relation, friend, pupil or someone in your care. With an improved understanding of the condition and a variety of effective strategies that can be put in place, this course will help you to make a positive difference to the child, children or adolescents you care or work with.

Pathological Demand Avoidance Diploma Course

The Pathological Demand Avoidance Diploma will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.

This course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.

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Pathological Demand Avoidance Diploma Course
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