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 for Parents and Professionals - Spaces available
London, Victoria, SW1
Friday 19th May 2017
10.00 am - 3.30 pm
Cost £85.00 per person.
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 full day course and covers the following key areas:
• Understanding PDA and the diagnostic criteria
• How PDA differs from other Autism Spectrum Conditions
• How emotional intelligence can be taught to reduce anxiety
• Effective communication enabling co-operation
• Strategies to improve learning outcomes both at home and at school
Fees include the workshop, lunch and all refreshments. You will also have the opportunity to meet like-minded people to share ideas.
We are also able to offer either in-house training or INSET day training across the UK please contact Karen Whichello on 07850 264265 for more information.
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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.
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.