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WEBCAST EVENT: PDA and Autism – An Introduction – 22 July 2024

$74.25

Live Webcast – Monday 22nd July 2024

9:30am – 12:45pm – AEST (Brisbane)

Purpose

The purpose of this training is to increase your understanding of PDA to increase confident recognition of the profile across the age range, to increase your confidence in your role with your PDAer, or yourself if you have PDA, and to equip you with strategies for daily life at home, school or work.

Description

We cover the history of PDA and outline the current international definitions and understandings of this autism subtype. Recent research literature on PDA is reviewed. The participant will learn about potential measures to assist in identifying PDA. PDA-specific challenges are described. The current best-recommended approaches for PDA at school, work, home and in therapy are presented. Participants will learn how to develop and maintain a good relationship with a person with PDA, practical tips for improving communication, how to assist with emotional understanding and growth, how to increase positive self-identity, to manage meltdowns, and the best resources for parents, carers teachers, therapists, and adults with PDA. The content will be relevant for parents, carers, teachers, online managers, partners, adults with PDA and health professionals.

The workshop includes a combination of talking, participant activities and Q&A. Participants attend via link to a live presentation. They have access to a chat room where they can ask questions at any time. There is an opportunity to learn from workshop participants, as well as the trainers.

Who Will Benefit?

Teachers, teacher’s aides, Principals, Deputy Principals, HOSES.

Parents, carers, partners, employers, online managers, and family members.

Adults with PDA.

Health professionals, e.g. psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, social workers, mental health nurses.

Does your Child or Adolescent have NDIS Funding?

If you are self-managed or third party-managed and parent education is in the Plan you may be able to use your NDIS funding to attend this event.

Once you have purchased your ticket, we recommend adding events@attwoodandgarnettevents.com as a contact in your email contact list to ensure that you do not miss anything from us.

Description

We cover the history of PDA and outline the current international definitions and understandings of this autism subtype. Recent research literature on PDA is reviewed. The participant will learn about potential measures to assist in identifying PDA. PDA-specific challenges are described. The current best-recommended approaches for PDA at school, work, home and in therapy are presented. Participants will learn how to develop and maintain a good relationship with a person with PDA, practical tips for improving communication, how to assist with emotional understanding and growth, how to increase positive self-identity, to manage meltdowns, and the best resources for parents, carers teachers, therapists, and adults with PDA. The content will be relevant for parents, carers, teachers, online managers, partners, adults with PDA and health professionals.

The workshop includes a combination of talking, participant activities and Q&A. Participants attend via link to a live presentation. They have access to a chat room where they can ask questions at any time. There is an opportunity to learn from workshop participants, as well as the trainers.

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Testimonials

“It was an absolute delight watching these two discussing the complexities of PDA. You could tell their information was coming from a wealth of experience but also from a place of genuine compassion.”

“I have been a psychologist for over 20 years, and I have attended many conferences, both in person and virtually. This, by far was the most interesting and informative talk I have heard in decades. I feel like I have learned so much. Thank you!”

“Love your clear, earthed, understanding and presentation and clear compassion towards children and families. We have not found it easy to find people with the understanding you have and have struggled a lot and now have a 24-year-old son who we would love to seek more advice how to address some of the very unresolved issues.”

“Very practical and informative information, I practically find the strategies useful and the background in research.”

“Thank you, I have been desperate for some understanding in this area, as my daughter has just been identified as having a PDA profile. I am euphoric, I may now be able to support her. It is helpful to understand PDA from how my daughter views the world.”

About the Speakers

Prof Tony Attwood PhD With a remarkable career spanning five decades, Professor Tony Attwood is one of the world’s foremost specialists on Autism. Holding an Honour’s degree in Psychology from the University of Hull, a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Surrey, and a PhD from the University of London, his credentials are a testament to his expertise. Currently serving as an adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Queensland, Professor Attwood’s impact has enriched the global understanding of autism.

Alongside Dr Michelle Garnett, Professor Attwood co-founded Attwood & Garnett Events in 2019, driven by the shared goal of enhancing autism awareness and understanding. Their shared vision seeks to reshape the narrative surrounding autism to create a world where autism is embraced, and the diverse strengths, talents, and perspectives of autistic individuals are celebrated. This transformative narrative fosters a more inclusive and accepting society, benefitting all its members.

Renowned for his extensive contributions to understanding Asperger’s Syndrome, now commonly referred to as autism, Professor Attwood has authored numerous publications on the subject. His seminal book, Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals debuted in 1998, resonated globally and has since found its voice in over 25 languages, making his insights accessible across cultures and continents.

With a dedicated commitment to practical application, he has run a private practice for 30 years, only recently closing his books due to a long waiting list. Beyond his clinical work, he dedicates significant time to travel, sharing insights and knowledge through workshops and seminars across national and international platforms.

 

Dr Michelle Garnett PhD is a clinical psychologist with more than 30 years of specialising in autism. In 2005, she founded Minds & Hearts, a clinic specialised to autism, where she served as Clinical and Managing Director for 14 years until 2019. Alongside Tony Attwood she co-founded Attwood & Garnett Events in 2019, aiming to enhance autism awareness and understanding with a vision to foster a neuro-affirming community.
In addition to her extensive private practice, Dr Garnett has significantly contributed to autism research, authored influential books, and engaged in impactful speaking engagements. Her peer-reviewed research has informed our understanding of early autism identification, the female autism profile, and the link between mental health and positive outcomes in autistic individuals. She has co-authored six respected books on autism, including the influential Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism (2018) with Barb Cook, a seminal work on the female autism experience. Her recent books, Having Fun with Feelings on the Autism Spectrum and Ten Steps to Reducing Your Child’s Anxiety on the Autism Spectrum offer invaluable guidance to parents of young autistic children.
Dr Garnett is a sought-after presence in academic circles, presenting as a Keynote Speaker at conferences and conducting workshops, seminars, and training sessions on autism across Australia, the UK, and Europe. Her influence extends to universities, autism organisations, government, and non-governmental bodies, solidifying her reputation as a prominent figure in the autism field. Dr Garnett is autistic and has ADHD, late diagnosed.

Learning Objectives

To understand differences in autistic neurology, and how this may relate to PDA. 

To know how to recognise PDA, including the use of screening questionnaires. 

To be able to list several key components of the approach that is recommended for PDA. 

To be able to describe the key components for successful inclusion and support of the PDA student or employee. 

To learn strategies for improving communication and your relationship with the person with PDA. 

To know the strategies that are more likely to engage a person with PDA at school, work or in therapy. 

To be able to use strategies to increase positive self-identity, increase emotional understanding and maturity, and manage a meltdown. 

What You Will Receive

Access to the presentation for 60 days following the live event

Live Chat Room for Q&A with Tony & Michelle throughout the day

Downloadable Handouts to complement the course

Certificate of Attendance to meet CPD requirements of 3 Hours CPD (can count to most Professionals’ CPD).

The link to the Event will be sent via email, please check your Promotions inbox if you have not received the link the week before the Event. Alternatively, make events@attoodandgarnettevents.com a Contact in your email contact list to ensure that you do not miss anything from us.

Does your Child or Adolescent have NDIS Funding?

If you are self-managed or third-party-managed and parent education is in the plan you may be able to use your NDIS funding to attend this event.

Cancellation/Refund Policy UK

For cancellations: Up to 7 days notice payment will be refunded, minus a $50 administrative fee. At less than 7 days notice there will be no refund, but a credit note with Attwood and Garnett Events for future events, minus $50, will be issued. Attendance is fully transferable.