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Pathological Demand Avoidance Diploma Course

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Pathological Demand Avoidance Diploma Course

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 i...

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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

Module 1 – What is Pathological Demand Avoidance?
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Anxiety and Stress
  • Part 2: What is Pathological Demand Avoidance?
  • Part 3: Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Module 1 Assessment
Module 2 – The History of PDA
  • 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
Module 3 – Understanding Autism
  • Part 1: What is Autism?
  • Part 2: Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Part 3: Diagnostic Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Module 3 Assessment
Module 4 – Parent Information & Strategies
  • 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
Module 5 – PDA in Schools and Effective Strategies
  • 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
Module 6 – The Role of the Key Worker
  • Part 1: Adult Support
  • Part 2: The Key Worker
  • Part 3: Synchronise Demand and Tolerance
  • Module 6 Assessment
Module 7 – Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Part 1: Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Part 2: Categories
  • Part 3: What Does It Feel Like?
  • Module 7 Assessment
Module 8 – The Formal PDA Assessment Process and Adults with PDA & Autism
  • Part 1: Formal Assessment
  • Part 2: Case Study
  • Part 3: Adults with PDA
  • Part 4: Autism in the Work Place
  • Module 8 Assessment
Module 9 – Setting up a Business & Next Steps
  • Part 1: Setting Up a Business
  • Part 2: Marketing Your Business
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Conclusion
Pathological Demand Avoidance Diploma Course

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.


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.

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

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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