The Teen’s Guide to PDA



This insightful and accessible guide is an essential resource for educators working with teenagers who have Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), a profile on the autism spectrum.

  • Comprehensive Overview: Explore the unique challenges faced by teens with PDA, including hormonal changes, social pressures, and the complexities of their neurodivergent experiences.
  • Neurodiversity-Affirming Approach: Learn how to recognize and celebrate the strengths associated with PDA while addressing areas of difficulty.
  • Practical Strategies: Discover effective techniques for:
    • Adapting your teaching methods to accommodate PDA-specific needs
    • Creating a supportive classroom environment
    • Helping students manage anxiety and rejection sensitivity dysphoria
    • Facilitating self-advocacy skills in your students
  • Communication Tools: Gain insights into explaining PDA to colleagues, parents, and neurotypical students, fostering a more inclusive educational community.