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Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance

April 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Understanding PDA

As you may know, PDA is a complex and little understood part of the autism spectrum that is characterised by high anxiety and a need for control. Traditional autism strategies often do not work with individuals with PDA and can actually heighten anxiety. Approaches which are rooted in good relationships, autonomy and flexibility are far more effective. This is why we are passionate about helping people to become knowledgeable about PDA – so that they can provide a supportive environment for those they care about with PDA.

This session aims to help you:

  • Understand what PDA is and how it differs from other forms of autism.
  • Understand the impact PDA has on a child, teenager or young adult and how they might be supported.
  • Understand the causes of behaviour that challenges.
  • Employ strategies to minimise challenging behaviour.

Laura Kerbey is the founder of Healthy Happy Me! and Positive Autism Support and Training. Laura has a degree in Psychology, a Post Graduate Certificate in Special Education (Autism) a PCGE in Life Long Learning and holds NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship). She is a Surrey Autism Champion and has a NOCN Level 3 Certificate in Working with Students with ADHD and a Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

This is a free event but booking is essential. Please click here to book.


April 7
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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