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The Teacher's Introduction to Pathological Demand Avoidance: Essential Strategies for the Classroom
Clare Truman
Jessica Kingsley Publishers / Softcover / 2021-07-01 / 1787754871
Special Education
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176 pages
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This essential guide for working with PDA pupils outlines effective and practical ways that teachers and school staff can support these pupils, by endorsing a child-led approach to learning and assessment.

Beginning with an introduction to PDA and how it can affect the education experience, it is then followed by thoughtful, useful strategies school staff can implement to build a collaborative relationship with pupils and help them to thrive in the school environment. The activities presented aim to make children more comfortable and at ease, and therefore better able to learn. It covers key issues for children with PDA, such as sensory issues, preferred language and phrasing of demands, social skills, and recognising distressed behaviour. The chapter summaries and simple activities listed throughout make this a useful tool for busy teaching staff working with PDA pupils.


"Clare's book is a wonderful contribution to the literature on PDA for education professionals, a really practical and useful book. This will refill teachers' tool boxes and provide a true compass to guide their teaching, helping this fascinating bunch of pupils achieve their educational potential."
Dr Glòria Durà-Vilà, NHS and Private Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, author of Me and My PDA: A Guide to Pathological Demand Avoidance for Young People, My Autism Book and The Amazing Autistic Brain

" What a clear, positive and creative book! Clare provides a great balance of understanding theory as well as practice with an honest approach to some of the everyday issues facing education practitioners. It offers practical ideas to support engagement and to maximise learning opportunities. "
Ruth Fidler, Education Consultant (supporting complex presentations of autism and wellbeing), Autism Associates

About the Author:

Clare Truman is a PhD student at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) at the Institute of Education, London. She is a teacher specialising in the education of autistic children who find it difficult to attend school. Her research interests focus on the support needs of children who display extreme demand avoidance and their educational experiences.


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