What is Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)?

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a profile that describes those whose main characteristic is to avoid everyday demands and expectations to an extreme extent.

Strategies and approaches

Many parents and teachers find that some of the recommended strategies used with autistic children are not effective for a child with a PDA profile. We explore some useful resources for supporting those with a PDA profile in our guides below.

You can also view the full article from the National Autistic Society.

If you are a parent/carer looking for support and advice, visit the support for parent/carers information page.

There is also information on autism support.

Further information