Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) profiles in Autism
Added:25/03/2024 10:20

Brief introduction into Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) presentations in Autistic individuals.
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Brief introduction into Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) presentations in Autistic individuals.

Course/Activity Information

This Clinical Bite will provide a brief introduction into Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) presentations in Autistic individuals. Participants will develop an understanding of the key features of PDA in children and adolescents. This event will highlight an overview of strategies to support PDAers to feel a sense of autonomy, inclusion and success in their everyday life.

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • understand how PDA presents in children and adolescents,
  • identify key features of PDA and when to refer to an assessment,
  • understand the key approaches to supporting the inclusion of PDAers across settings,
  • understand the key approaches to working/communicating with PDAers.


This workshop is suitable for all clinicians. It is assumed participants have an understanding of Autism.


Dr Sheridan Forster

Sheridan is a speech pathologist who has worked with adults with intellectual disability for more than 25 years. Her career has been guided by the question, “how do I need to be in order to be with you?” in acknowledgement that partner behaviour has a direct relationship to the quality of interactions had by people with an intellectual disability. Sheridan’s work has included time in schools, government and non-government services, private practice, the university sector, and stepping aside to reflect on interaction. She’s still exploring how to best support adults with multiple disabilities using a focus on the person, partners, and the community. She does not hold answers, but questions. Sheridan is also a mum of a tween who has PDA and identifies with many features of PDA herself. She will speak from that hat

Larney Lamers

Larney completed her Masters of Educational and Developmental Psychology at Monash University. She is currently undertaking practice endorsement in Educational and Developmental Psychology. Larney is a Director of Inner Light Allied Health, where she specialises in working with neurodiverse children and adolescents. Larney has worked in the disability space for ten years and has a special interest in working with neurodiverse females and children with a PDA profile. She also has experience in conducting assessments for Autism, ADHD and Specific Learning Disorders. Larney is a registered Therapy Dog Handler and implements animal assisted intervention with her in training Therapy Dog, Mako (see his Instagram: @Mako_the_therapydog).


  • Members: $49
  • Non-practicing members: $49
  • Student members: $49
  • Non members: $74

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  • Training Hours: 1.45
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