PDA has been recognised as a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. The behaviours observed are often confused with oppositional or disobedient behaviour. Learn about PDA and how to address the learning and social experiences.

PDA is considered to be a sub-type of ASD. Parents and teachers notice that the child won’t do anything that they are asked to do, even when it is a desirable activity. Children with PDA are highly anxious, which is why they tend to avoid real and perceived demands. Children with PDA can be quite social but at the same time controlling, which can impact on quality social interaction.

In this online course, participants will be introduced to the main features of PDA and how to support the child presenting with this condition.

This online course will allow you to:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the features of PDA.
  • Understand responsive strategies which address their needs at school or at home.

Course approach: Self paced.

Course length: Approximately 75 minutes.


This online course is suitable for professionals working in Catholic, Government, and Independent Primary or Secondary schools:

  • Early years educators
  • Classroom teachers
  • Specialist teachers
  • Curriculum leaders
  • Pre-service, Graduates and Relief teachers 

Also suitable for:

  • Parents/Carers/Guardians

What you need for this online course:

  • Access to a laptop/notebook or desktop device with internet connectivity and headphones.
  • Relevant resources from downloadable links provided.

Meet your Presenter ...

Dr. Anna Bortoli is a Special Education and Autism Consultant. Currently she is a Consultant for a State Specialist School, sessional Lecturer and an independent Consultant. As an independent Consultant she provides professional learning and in-situ training with teachers about strategies and approaches for students and young children with Autism and ADHD. Her work relates to the areas of Structured Teaching, Executive Skills for Learning, Curriculum and IEPs. She delivers tertiary training and Masterclasses in ASD and ADHD. She is TEACCH® Advanced Consultant Level and has received training through Division TEACCH® in North Carolina, enabling her to coach teachers in the implementation of the TEACCH® framework using the Structured Teaching approach. Anna is committed to the professional growth of practitioners in the field of special education.