Episode 132: Understanding Challenging Behaviour, ODD & PDA

This week’s podcast I discuss ODD and PDA, and tips and strategies that can help understand challenging behaviour! Not sure what ODD and PDA are? Click here to find out!

Discussed in this Episode

✅ Specific Strategies for ODD and PDA kids
✅ What to do if your current strategies aren’t working
✅ Recommended Resources
✅ Online communities to connect with

Other Podcasts Mentioned in this Episode

Episode 34: 50/50 Learning and Behaviour Programs
Episode 112: De-escalation Strategies to use Before, During and After a Meltdown

Online Courses Mentioned

Sue Larkey – Emotional Regulation – click here
Dr Tony Attwood – A Different Way of Thinking, Learning and Managing Emotinos – click here

Check out a testimonial from an online course graduate below!

“I think your courses should be known to everyone. We have worked with physiologists, early intervention teachers and OTs and speech therapists and never once have I come across such content that makes sense and is so logical! It makes me so hopeful and excited in our personal journey working with our son. 

Thank you for sharing your experience and skills. Honestly so grateful!” – Heather

Facebook Groups

Sue Larkey Podcast community – click here
Parents of Children with ODD – click here 
PDA Society – click here

Can I tell you about Pathological Demand Avoidance syndrome?

| by Ruth Fidler and Phil Christie | Meet Issy – an 11-year-old girl with Pathological Demand Avoidance syndrome (PDA), a condition on the autism spectrum. Issy invites readers to learn about PDA from her perspective, helping them to understand how simple, everyday demands can cause her great anxiety and stress.

This illustrated book is for readers aged 7 and upwards, and will be an excellent way to increase understanding about PDA in the classroom or at home. It also includes practical tips and recommended resources for parents and professionals.


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The Defiant Child: A Parent’s Guide to Oppositional Defiant Disorder

| By Dr. Douglas A. Riley | A much-needed tool that parents of children with ODD can use to identify the source of this turmoil and take back parental control. Dr. Douglas Riley teaches parents how to recognise the signs, understand the attitudes, and help improve the behaviour of their oppositional child.

The American Psychiatric Association estimates that sixteen percent of children in the United States may have Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). These kids relentlessly push the boundaries set for them by authority figures.


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Super Shamlal – Living and Learning with Pathological Demand Avoidance 

Have you checked out my FREE E-book? With over 100 tips and strategies to help set up your classroom for success, this E-book can help ensure you prepare your classroom for students who learn and engage differently. Neurodiversity should be celebrated, and this book will help maximise the abilities of your students, as well as helping reduce behaviour!


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Practical Sensory Programmes

| by Sue Larkey | This book is designed for families and schools to incorporate sensory activities into the home and school in order to address the significant difficulties students with an ASD often encounter. It shows how to identify sensory problems and develop programmes. Over 100 activities including all five senses and movement.

Sensory Mat

Sensory Mat | Offers instant calming for people who have a hard time staying in once place for long periods of time. 33cm diameter.

Sensory Stixx

Sensory Stixx | Excellent for meeting sensory needs.

Wooden Massager

Wooden Massager | Beautiful and smooth with rolling ball in the middle - excellent for calming and focusing. 4.5cm diameter.

Pencil Grips - 3 Types

Pencil Grips: standard, cross-over or pinch grip | For left and right handers.

Speed, legibility and endurance of handwriting are influenced by the way a child holds their pencil. Pencil grips help the child maintain a position of stability to allow for efficient mobility and improved handwriting. The BIG advantage of our pencil grips is children like the feel of them as they are large, soft and moulded to fit your fingers – unlike the hard triangle types and the smaller types. The ergonomic design also provides relief of hand fatigue and pain. #1 Grip recommended by therapists to help kids write.

  • The Standard Grip is the original ergonomic writing aid and it continues to set the standard. It is simplistic in design but highly effective.
  • The Crossover Grip uses the same great design as the Standard Grip but with added wings to prevent fingers from crossing over each other.
  • The Pinch Grip balances the structure of the Crossover Grip with the freedom of the Standard Grip. Gently encourages fingers and hand to rest in the proper position. It's a transitional that bridges the gap between the Crossover and Standard Grips.

The Grips can be used as a three step process starting with Crossover, then Pinch Grip and finally Standard.

Chewy Tubes - 2 Types

Chewy Tubes | Wonderful for children who bite their clothes, bodies or seek objects to chew. Non-toxic, latex free, lead free and don't contain PVC or phthalates. Chewy Tubes¨ are safe and can help redirect problem chewing behaviours and help develop proper chewing skills. A wide range of colours of Original (T-shaped) and Super Chewy Tubes (with handle) available.

Punki Wrist Band

Punki Wrist Band | Pop on wrist or just use for fidget toy.

Smiley Face Stress Ball

Smiley Face Stress Ball | code: ST23 | Great for stress release.

Chewable Jewellery - Bangle

Chewable Bangle | Available in round or Bermuda shape | Our Chewable Jewellery is a range of stylish necklaces designed to look great while discreetly serving a childÕs need to chew. Great for children who chew their collars, as well as children who have a weak jaw motion and need to practice their chewing. Made of silicon, is soft and flexible but hard wearing. Non-toxic and safe to chew. Also serves as a great fidget toy. NOTE: NOT suitable for aggressive chewers (see Chewy Tubes and Chew Stixx instead). Doubles as a great fidget toy.

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Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome

| by Olga Bogdashina | Olga Bogdashina attempts to define the role of sensory perceptual problems in autism identified by autistic individuals themselves. Often ignored by many professionals, this is one of the main problems highlighted by autistic individuals. This book is vital to teachers and other professionals working with autistic individuals to fully comprehend sensory perceptual differences in autism.

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