Working with Demand Avoidant Children: The Art and Science of Low Demand Therapy

Some children just haven't read the rule book. They meet every suggestion with a 'no' and are impervious to stickers and stars. None of your usual ideas work, and something which is a great success one week is a complete non-starter the next time. As a therapist, it's hard to know what to do.

In this course you'll gain an understanding of what is going on for demand avoidant children and what you could do differently. You'll gain practical ideas as well as theoretical insight.

Some of these children will have a diagnosis of autism, pathological demand avoidance (PDA) or autism with a demand avoidant profile. Others may not have a diagnosis at all. Some may be called oppositional defiant, resistant or difficult to engage.

This course is suitable for anyone working therapeutically with children and teenagers, including psychologists, child psychotherapists, occupational therapists, drama therapists, art therapists and speech and language therapists. It might also be of interest to school SENCo although it focuses on the one-to-one. It will be engaging, interesting and informative.

It is illustrated throughout with Eliza Fricker's insightful and witty illustrations (


This course is available to watch for 12 months after purchase.


  • Introduction (1 min)
  • Children who react differently (14 mins)
  • Understanding demand avoidance (15 mins)
  • Barriers in working with these children (5 mins)
  • Safety (11 mins)
  • Opportunities (5 mins)
  • Autonomy (5 mins)
  • Relationships (3 mins)
  • What's the aim? (6mins)

Total running time: 1 hour 5 mins


Dr Naomi Fisher is a clinical psychologist and EMDR Trainer who specialises in trauma and autism. She has extensive experience working with demand avoidant young people and their families. She is registered with the HCPC. She gives regular webinars for parents on low demand parenting and on helping children with common mental health problems.

£60.00 GBP