Contact Details

Karen Whichello

Contact Tel:
07850 264265
07956 023636
Contact Email:
Facebook Page
Twitter Feed

Key Services

Areas covered


Family Coaching
Children 4-18 years
Adults 18-118 years

Life can be extremely hard coping with the difficulties of caring for a child or family member with ADHD, Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) and related conditions.

Our Specialist Coaches have first hand experience of children and adults with these conditions, so understand the challenges faced. We will explore how these conditions affect your children and work side by side with you using your strengths and individual parenting styles to develop strategies to help you overcome the daily challenges.

All the techniques employed are non-confrontational and designed to empower and raise the self esteem of your child whilst giving you control and reduce anxiety levels for everyone within the home.

Do you or your child need help with any of the following?
Understanding ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) and how it affects your child
Reducing anxiety in parents and children
Friendship and social difficulties
Encouraging independence skills
Aggressive or violent behaviour and meltdowns
Difficulty following instructions
Developing morning and evening routines that work
Sleep issues
Hyperactivity, Impulsivity and concentration difficulties
Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)
Language and communicating with your child
Phobias, fears and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Food avoidance or food seeking
Confrontation between siblings
School refusal
Obsessions and passionate interests

PDA Training for Parents and Professionals
Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is now recognised as part of the autism spectrum by the National Autistic Society. PDA is characterised by much higher levels of anxiety and the compulsive need to avoid everyday demands. The strategies and approach needed for PDA are quite different from those of Autism and appropriate educational and handling interventions are essential to support young individuals achieve a better outcome.

Side by Side PDA Training aims to improve the understanding of PDA of parents, teachers or other professionals living or working with children or young people who either have a diagnosis or suspected diagnosis of PDA. We offer simple but effective strategies to enable happier outcomes for everyone.

PDA Training 
PDA training is written and delivered by Karen Whichello, an experienced trainer and mother of a teenager with PDA. She formerly worked in a specialist autism school supporting children in the classroom with PDA and other behaviour difficulties. The training is delivered in a half day course and covers the following key areas:

Understanding PDA and the diagnostic criteria
How PDA differs from Autism Spectrum Conditions
How emotional intelligence can be taught to reduce anxiety
Effective communication with children and young people with PDA
Strategies to improve the learning outcomes of children or young persons with PDA both at home and school Individual

Mentoring and supervision for professionals
Online specialist mentoring and supervision for professionals working with children or adults with Autism, ADHD or PDA can be offered via Skype or phone. Professionals would include: • School staff, e.g. teachers, teaching assistants, Inco’s • Specialist therapists e.g. Speech and Language therapists, Occupational therapists, Educational Psychologists and Counsellors • Any professional working or supporting a child or individual with these conditions

Please Contact Us with details of your requirements.

School Consultations
We offer support for schools and colleges to make the challenges associated with Autism, ADHD, PDA and associated conditions more manageable. The aim of our support programme is to ensure teachers and teaching staff are given all the strategies needed to empower them to help the child or young person meet their true potential. If appropriate an observation will be arranged which is normally recommended to be around 2-3 hours of the school day. This allows us to gain an insight into the problems faced by all concerned, followed by a debrief meeting.

A full report will then be written and submitted incorporating all the necessary strategies and advice on how to improve the outcomes for all concerned. A follow up meeting or telephone call will then be arranged to discuss how the strategies are working and how to make any changes if necessary.

For more information about Training or Consultancy contact +44 (0)7850 264265

Categories of SEND

Cognition and learning, Communication and Interaction, Sensory and/or physical development difficulties , Emotional, social & mental health difficulties.

Age group

Early years, Primary, Secondary, Post 16, Transition to adult services.


Community & Voluntary Sector Service, Consultancy Service, Education Service, Health and/or Social Care Service , Information, Guidance & Advocacy Service , Targeted Service & Specialist Practitioners .