Raising attendance for those struggling with PDA

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Autism can present several challenges for both students and the school. This can also mean that attendance can be difficult to claw back for students, especially those who exhibit pathological demand avoidance (PDA). That’s why we must understand a child’s needs and find what will work best for them.

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A way to support pathological demand avoidance (PDA)

Reading time: 3 minutes

Pathological demand avoidance (PDA) describes the notion of children’s reluctance to complete a task or attend school. PDA is prevalent with autistic children or those who are very pressure-sensitive or anxious.

Children with PDA may find it difficult to undertake a task, not because they do not want to, but because they find the demand overwhelming. How can we support these children and what strategies can we implement to overcome these challenges?

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