The Educator's Experience of Pathological Demand Avoidance


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Table of Contents

Chapter One - What is PDA?
Chapter Two: Making Connections
Chapter Three: The Antidote to Anxiety is Trust
Chapter Four: The Importance of Humour
Chapter Five: Non-Verbal Language
Chapter Six: The Power of Choices
Chapter Seven: Wondering, learning together and sharing demands
Chapter Eight: Weaving in Interests and Learning from Each Other
Chapter Nine: Praise and Rewards
Chapter Ten: Reducing Pressure and Picking your Battles
Chapter Eleven: Be Flexible enough to Bend so that Neither of you Break
Chapter Twelve: Blame the Government!
Chapter Thirteen: Using Empathy
Chapter Fourteen: Choose your words carefully
Chapter Fifteen : The Importance of Self Care
Chapter Sixteen: The Importance of Collaboration

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Concise, light-hearted intro to PDA for time-poor teachers, illustrated by the popular Eliza Fricker

About the Author

Laura Kerbey is the co- founder of PAST (Positive Assessments Support and Training) Kite Therapeutic Learning and Healthy Happy Me. She has been working with autistic children and young people for over 20 years and provides training to ensure that the needs of autistic and PDA learners are fully met.

Eliza Fricker is an illustrator and a designer based in Brighton, UK. She has a child with PDA.


This positive and lively guide to working with children with PDA will become an essential part of every educator's library. Easy to dip into, entertaining and yet also full of important truths, you'll finish the book excited about the opportunities which arise when you stop fighting and instead get alongside children with PDA. You'll be shown how to rethink your interactions with children with PDA and through this create the circumstances for them to thrive. It's well worth the effort.
*Dr Naomi Fisher, clinical psychologist and author of Changing Our Minds.*

I wish Laura had written this book ages ago . It gives a really clear picture of what it is like to have PDA and some excellent ideas of how to help in school and college . Every teacher should own a copy of this book , not just those who work with students with PDA ....teachers need to remember we are not always ' fine in school,' and you never stop learning !
*Caitlin, 16 ,PDA’er.*

The book is easily digestible and has some fantastic experiences and strategies that I can bring to my practice immediately. Some really thought provoking ideas.
*Katie Braid, Primary School Teacher*

I don't think I've been so excited by a book around PDA before, well, no some I have, but I actually think this is the best book so far I've read on helping "educators" understand how it all actually should happen. Because of the lived experience and personal stories, (both of successes and failures), and the language used, (omg plus those awesome images!), this is an incredibly important tool in supporting those in education to begin to reframe and rethink their approaches and education styles.

The frankness, the examples and then the explanation of how and why really works, and I think can be accessed by educators, new and old.
*Tigger Pritchard Autistic/PDA Advocate, Consultant and Trainer Mind the Gap-Bridging the Neurodivide,*

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