The Teacher’s Introduction to Pathological Demand Avoidance – Essential Strategies for the Classroom (Clare Truman)
I am currently making my way through this book after a recommendation from a fellow Twitter user (follow me here). First impressions are that this is an exciting resource for exploring PDA strategies, ways of working and also as a great knowledge base for working with those who exhibit characteristics of the PDA profile.
The book goes beyond the classroom into caring for young people within this profile. It explores the design of curriculum, the development of social skills, communicating demands, responding to distressed behaviours as well as looking at some of the more nuanced and hidden aspects of PDA. It’s wealth of PDA strategies allow it support working 1:1 with a young person as well as within the classroom. It’s reassuring style of writing helps to allow the reader to feel confident in the decisions they make to support the young person. It also identifies how traditional autism strategies might be adapted to support a child with PDA profile behaviours.
This review will be updated as I progress through – please check out the book here