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WEBCAST EVENT: PDA and Autism – Going Deeper – Monday 22 July 2024

$99.00

Live Webcast – Monday 22nd July 2024

1:30pm – 4:45pm – AEST (Brisbane)

Purpose

The purpose of the presentation is to deepen the participant’s knowledge and strategies for supporting a person with PDA at home, school, work and in therapy, across the lifespan. The course assumes knowledge from our introductory course, PDA and Autism – An Introduction.

Note: this event was previously named PDA for Professionals.

Description

The term PDA was first coined by Elizabeth Newson, a developmental psychologist, in the 1980s in the UK. She described PDA as being extremely high anxiety driven by the need to control and avoid other people’s demands and expectations. A distinguishing feature of individuals with PDA is that many of the communication, teaching, parenting, and supportive strategies created for non-autistic and autistic individuals do not work, but strategies based on a thorough understanding of PDA can be effective. The purpose of this webcast is to increase the participant’s understanding and skill to support people who have PDA across the lifespan. The programme assumes knowledge of our introductory course, PDA and Autism – An Introduction, and goes further to describe our current conceptualisation of PDA, including how it relates to autism, and strategies for home, school, work, and therapy in more depth.

Who Will Benefit

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

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

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

Adults with PDA.

Description

The purpose of the presentation is to deepen the participant’s knowledge and strategies for supporting a person with PDA at home, school, work and in therapy, across the lifespan. The course assumes knowledge from our introductory course, PDA and Autism – An Introduction.

The term PDA was first coined by Elizabeth Newson, a developmental psychologist, in the 1980s in the UK. She described PDA as being extremely high anxiety driven by the need to control and avoid other people’s demands and expectations. A distinguishing feature of individuals with PDA is that many of the communication, teaching, parenting, and supportive strategies created for non-autistic and autistic individuals do not work, but strategies based on a thorough understanding of PDA can be effective. The purpose of this webcast is to increase the participant’s understanding and skill to support people who have PDA across the lifespan. The programme assumes knowledge of our introductory course, PDA and Autism – An Introduction, and goes further to describe our current conceptualisation of PDA, including how it relates to autism, and strategies for home, school, work, and therapy in more depth.

Testimonials

“Loved every minute. You presented so well and all the information is amazing. Can’t thank you enough. From Meg, mother and educator of a PDAer.”

“Thank you very much for making this event so comprehensive, deep and enjoyable.”

“Thank you for such a direct and concise presentation. You really consider concerns from all aspects/family dynamics and I love your direct, informative approach. I think it is really valuable that you address questions in a separate presentation. This allows for good processing and not getting sidetracked.”

“Another excellent and informative presentation from leaders in our practise. These trainings are invaluable. I often talk to autistic individuals that I work with about “glimmers” and those things that give great joy. Getting to do one of your webinars is a glimmer for me! The information is like a gift I can give to others to empower them. Thank you.”

“Absolutely loved PDA for Professionals. Lightbulb for me was 1-3 ranking! The only thing I would recommend is a longer timeframe it felt like you were both working very hard to get all the info covered in such a short timeframe. A million thanks for sharing your immense wealth of knowledge. Your training helps me be the best therapist I can be and this flows onto my amazing clients and families.”

“I am feeling so much positivity for my clients after your heartwarming and informed seminar.”

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 know the features of PDA and current understanding about why the demand avoidance behaviours occur and why they are so intense and persistent. 

To understand our current conceptualisation of PDA based on research and clinical experience, including the relationship of PDA to autism. 

To increase the confidence of the participant to understand and support a person with PDA. 

To increase participants’ capacity for setting realistic expectations and establishing and maintaining a mindset that consistently supports a person with PDA. 

To increase the participant’s knowledge of strategies to assist a person with PDA in home, school, work, and therapy settings. 

To know strategies that adults with PDA have found helpful. 

What You Will Receive

Access to the recording for 60 days following the live event. A once-off 30-day extension is available. See our FAQs for further information.

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 toward most Professionals’ CPD).

Within 24 hours, you will receive an email with your login credentials for the new Member Dashboard. The email will come from events@attwoodandgarnettevents.com and may go to your junk/spam/promotions folders.

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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 can 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.