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Collaborative Approaches to Learning for Pupils with PDA


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1. Towards an Understanding of PDA. 2. Implications for Teaching and Learning. 3. What are Collaborative Approaches to Learning. 4. Key Strategies. 5. Getting started. 6. Personalising the curriculum. 7. Encouraging social understanding and promoting emotional wellbeing. 8. Demonstrating progress. 9. Looking after yourself. Summary.

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An expert guide for supporting pupils with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) in school environments

About the Author

Ruth Fidler is Assistant Head Teacher at Sutherland House School run by the autism charity NORSACA. She works throughout the school (aged 3-19) developing whole school approaches to working interactively with children across the autism spectrum, with a particular focus on social and emotional well being. Phil Christie is Director of Sutherland House Children's Services, run by autism charity NORSACA (www.norsaca.org.uk), and leads a team of Consultant Child Psychologists at the Elizabeth Newson Centre. The centre carries out training and research activities and has particular expertise in PDA. He is also Associate Editor of 'Good Autism Practice', and became Chair of the Advisory Council of the Autism Education Trust in 2009.


As medical lead for ASD in Surrey, I witness first-hand the challenge that teachers face in responding to the needs of children with PDA symptoms. It's very clear that this book stems from the authors' unparalleled educational experience and I am excited about the good it is going to do. -- Dr Gloria Dura-Vila, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Surrey and Borders NHS Trust, author of 'My Autism Book' and 'Me and my PDA'

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