PDA Society Conference 18th April 2018

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The PDA Society's second conference will be held in Birmingham on 18th April 2018 at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel* on New Street. Registration is from 8.45am and the conference itself will run from 9.30am prompt to 4.45pm.

The theme of the day is 'OUR PDA JOURNEY' and the conference will consist of a mixture of speakers, workshops and informal opportunities to meet other parents. Please note that the conference will cover the complex issues surrounding PDA and not the basics of 'What is PDA?'. The conference is for individuals with PDA, parents and carers (professionals welcome).

Ticket prices are £55 early bird (£40 concessions) if booked before 31 December 2017 and thereafter will be £60 (£45 concessions).

The keynote speakers will be:

  • Phil Christie, Consultant Child Psychologist: "PDA ... the story so far"

  • Ruth Fidler, Education Consultant: "Emotional wellbeing & education strategies"

  • Natalie Menagh & Lisa Atkin (parents): "Parenting Strategies"

  • Dr Judy Eaton, Consultant Clinical Psychologist: "Adults with PDA & mental health"

There will also be workshops to choose from (please choose from this list when you fill in your booking form):

1. Education Law - Eleanor Wright, Solicitor, SENSOS

2. Social communication & interaction - Libby Hill, Speech & Language Therapist, SmallTalk

3. Sensory integration - Alison Hart, Occupational Therapist, Children's Therapy Services

4. Q&A with adults with PDA

5. Impact on family members - Karen Whichello, Side by Side Coaching

6. Ask the PDA Society - Q&A with panel of PDA Society trustees

Throughout the day (including during the workshops should you not wish to attend one) there will also be ....

  • Chill & Chat for parents, carers and professionals in the Berlioz Lounge/Bar (with PDA Society facilitation from 2.15-4.30pm only)

  • Private room for adults with PDA - this room will be available as a quiet space to relax, have lunch in a calmer environment or meet fellow adults with PDA

A hot & cold buffet will be served at lunchtime with refreshments served from 8.45am and during all breaks. Please indicate any dietary requirements when prompted on the booking form.

​For further information, including a list of FAQ's, and to book a place at the conference please click here.

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