Specialist Coaching worldwide online and face to face Training, SEN Support and Employment Support for people or families with ASD, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD and Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA).
It is a pre-requisite that all members of the Side by Side team are either parents, have close family members or have the conditions themselves as we believe it gives a unique and essential depth of knowledge and understanding.
The Side by Side Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) service offers specialist support to people with Autism ADHD and PDA. Click here to contact us for more information.
The PDA Society is conducting a short survey about experiences of life and support for those with the PDA profile of ASD. We would be most grateful if you could take a few minutes (10 maximum) to complete it. Please click on this link for more information and the survey. Thank you.
Side by Side SEN Support is a service for parents/carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs. Our SEN Support staff are comprehensively trained in all aspects of SEN law and have first-hand knowledge of navigating through the SEN processes. We provide guidance session on making applications for Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment and plans, preparations for annual reviews and empowering you to get the best possible outcome. For further information see our SEN support page.
Side by Side Employment Support is a comprehensive package comprised of coaching and mentoring support for adults with autism to gain and retain employment, and mentoring and training for employers, line managers and team members. All our services can be provided in the workplace or virtually via Skype or telephone. For further information see our Employment support page.
Good Schools Guide publish a feature by Cathy May & Karen Whichello outlining signs of PDA and strategies for parents and schools. Click here to read more.
Training 'Thank you for an excellent training course the trainer really knew what she was talking about. Had a great wealth of knowledge and offered practical solutions to a range of questions. Great content - very practical and realistic approaches offered. I found the whole thing extremely helpful. I was thinking the whole way through that would help so and so and so and so could benefit from that. Excellent course thank you!' Professional, July 2018
Training 'Thanks Karen for all information and for a really great day! I'm so glad I found this course on the Internet! Hope that, some day, eyes will open in Sweden for PDA.' Parent, Gothenburg, Sweden, June 2018
Training 'Thank you so much for all your hard work yesterday, I think word got out about how good your 1st Workshop was and even though we told delegates, in the break that your 2nd session was full, I think they did a bit of 'gate crashing'. PDA Society Trustee, April 2018
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) 'I am in my late 40’s and had always suffered with I guess what is probably labelled as some sort of social anxiety. I remember feeling this way even as a young child. If you met me you wouldn’t see it but I really suffered. I just wasn’t comfortable in social situations (and I am in them frequently). I always worried about what I would say next and the need to be interesting and keep the conversation going. I knew it wasn’t right but I didn’t know how to change it. The guidance Cathy provided was incredible. Key observations made it crystal clear to me about how I was ‘stuck' in this cycle. From our first meeting I was armed with information on how to change it and from that moment on my life changed. I still can’t quite believe, after a lifetime of suffering, that all that worry has melted away. I will be forever grateful. Amanda, Herts, April 2018
Coaching 'I want to thank you because we have never felt like anyone could understand our challenges and to see that you do and believe us is the first experience we have had with feeling heard on this matter...also you have ideas about strategies. Above and beyond. Even seeing that you lived through raising a kiddo with similar difficulties is hopeful for us...first time we have felt “hope” in years...so thanks.' Parents, BC,Canada (after 1st session) March 2018
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