Services for Professionals

Our PDA Kids provides professional development to allied health practitioners and educators.

With the rise in identification of PDA in Australia, parents and professionals alike seek to increase their understanding and skills in working with children with PDA, and their families.

Whilst PDA is not able to be “diagnosed” in Australia (as it does not appear in the DSM-5 – Diagnostic and Statistical Manual), it is “recognised” in ‘The National Guideline for the assessment and diagnosis of autism in Australia’. So we don’t need to shy away from the conversation, sweep it under the rug, or say “it doesn’t exist”.

Let us break the parental shame and blame cycle that many parents find themselves in but being gaslit, and let’s collaborate for positive outcomes.

Our PDA Kids offers custom training to organisations interested in acquiring greater knowledge of PDA, and how to work with the children, adults and families they support, to have consistent approaches across parents, therapy teams and educational systems.

An example of information covered would be:

  • What is PDA?
  • Difference between Autism & PDA
  • History of PDA
  • What is a demand and types of demands
  • Recognising demands in how we provide services
  • Managing, disguising and reducing demands
  • Expressions of PDA, not “challenging behaviour”
  • Declarative language
  • Equalising Behaviour
  • The nervous system functionality of a PDA child
  • Control and trust
  • Optimising the schooling or therapeutic environment
  • Adjusting your mindset
  • Maintaining relationships
  • Praise and rewards
  • Autonomy vs Boundaries
  • Masking
  • Flexible Accommodations
  • Screen Use
  • Schooling & School Can’t
  • PDA burnout
  • Parental involvement
  • Trauma Informed Practice
  • How does Positive Behaviour Support play a role?
  • What about medication?
  • Relational Safety
  • My own PDA model of how to navigate when the escalation begins….