Managing Demand Avoidance Training: 10.6.24


Welcome to Managing Demand Avoidance

  • Date: 10th June 2024
  • Time: 6pm – 8pm
  • Venue: Virtual | Zoom
  • Format: Live Event (this event is also recorded and available to access for 14 days)
  • Members: If your Membership includes this session for free, a 100% discount will be applied at the start of each month

Managing a child unable to cope with any demand put on them, is very challenging and isolating. This talk explores effective approaches used in educational settings.

Pulling together strategies used within special education settings, this specialist talk explores different styles of managing demand avoidance in children and young people. We will dip our toe into PDA – however, this training is focusing on demand avoidance and therefore applicable to anyone interested in this topic.

Who would benefit from this training?

  • Ideal for Families
  • Ideal for Outreach Services
  • Ideal for Mainstream, APs/PRUS, and Specialist Provisions
  • Perfect staff CPD
  • Includes CPD Certificate
  • This live webinar is free to All Members (limited offer)

Learning Objectives

  • What is the difference between avoidant behaviour and anxiety?
  • Exploring individualised approaches to managing children with demand avoidance
  • An awareness of how the flow of the day can impact on a child’s ability to cope with their emotions
  • Exploring collaborative, practical approaches to support the child

Google Reviews

I really enjoyed the Demand Avoidance Training. Who knew that ‘spoons’ could measure your energy levels! BrilliantDebbie Butler

Really useful and informative session with lots of practical advice. Thanks.Maria Shearer

Very inspiring and informative, practical strategies to put in place to improve practice.Tessa Richardson

Great support applicable for parent of selective mutism child. Thoroughly recommend.Ivona Whitelock

A very informative session. Lots of resources to download and very interesting to have lots of different perspectives on this. Thank youSuzanna Webb

“Tracy is an engaging, passionate and knowledgeable trainer. I have many avenues of interests to research further as well as from other practitioners/parents. I am feeling positive in both my professional and personal life with understanding demand avoidance and implementing strategies with the child at the centre of the practice.” Rachael Relton

Truly an amazing course and so many resources and things to help our children. Tracey was amazing I have come away with so much to think about and implement.”  NB


Resources Included

Resources Included


  • Sensory Difficulties Checklist
  • Whole Child Assessment Tracker

Managing Demand Avoidance Toolkit

Step 1: Identify Triggers – Rate Demands against the Bounce Scale

  • Child Observation Sheet ; and/or
  • Emotional Activation – Triggers Pack
  • Visuals – Home and School

Step 2: Link Scale to Physical Sensations

  • Physical Sensations Cards – Visuals
  • Physical Sensation Cards
  • Behaviours that Challenge – Visuals
  • Emotional Scale Strips and Fans

Step 3: Prioritise Demands

  • Prioritise Demands Sheet

Step 4:  Problem Solve Solutions

  • Problem Solving Sheet
  • Spoons Activity Sheet

Meet the Trainer

Tracy is an experienced mainstream and SEND teacher and somatic practitioner, specialising in supporting children with social and emotional needs.

Motivated by her passion to integrate therapeutic interventions into mainstream practices, Tracy established the Child Therapy Service CIC. Her mission is to offer alternative approaches beyond conventional talk-based therapies, addressing the diverse needs of society.

Tracy proudly identifies as neurodivergent, a perspective that enriches her practice with a unique outlook. Through her inclusive approach to psychoeducation, she integrates educational principles with somatic techniques within a neurodivergent-affirming lens, creating training programmes and resources designed to address the holistic developmental needs of the whole child.

She is the proud author of the Bounce Approach (a Polyvagal-informed model) and the Whole Child Framework, which underpin everything you will find on this site.

Accessing Order

  • Add the item to your basket and proceed to checkout
  • Once the order is processed you will receive two email confirmations (from Zoom and the Child Therapy Service)
  • Click on either email to add the event to your calendar
  • On the day and time of the event, click on the Zoom link provided
  • The Access link to Resources and CPD Certificate will be Emailed to Attendees of the Live Event

Event Details

Date: 10/06/2024

Start time: 18:00 BST

End time: 19:30 BST

Venue: Virtual | Zoom

Directions: Please add to your calendar and join the session using the link provided

Child Therapy Service