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Behind the Mask: Understanding Autism and PDA Conference with Chris Bonnello, Jo Richardson, Alison Dear, Harry Thompson, Janet Gurney & Yvonne Newbold

An opportunity for parents & professionals to gain a deeper understanding of Autism and PDA from experts, autistics & international speakers

About this Event

This is a conference dedicated to understanding the many aspects of Autism and PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) with specialist and International speakers who will give you an in-depth personal perspective of being autistic and/or PDA, a parental viewpoint of autism and PDA as well as specialist information on VCB (Violent Challenging Behaviour), Sensory Integration and Intensive Interaction.

Speakers and times;

9am – Doors open

9.30am – Chris Bonnello – Author of the Autistic Not Weird website and Facebook page, author of Underdogs and What We Love Most About Life, speaking about autism characteristics and giving a personal perspective on being autistic.

10.35am – Jo Richardson – Autistic mother to a PDA child, author of Different Not Deficient, writer for The Aspergian, owner and admin of the Facebook group The Sanctuary (A Safe Space for Autistic Mothers), speaking about female autistic characteristics and why girls are harder to diagnose than boys.

11.20am – Alison Dear – A Speech and Language therapist, in-school trainer and Sensory Integration specialist who will be speaking on Sensory Integration and how sensory needs impact autistics.

12.30pm – Lunch

1.00pm – Harry Thompson – Author of The PDA Paradox, owner of the Harry Thompson – PDA Extraordinaire Facebook page, International speaker on PDA and in-school advisor, speaking about all aspects of PDA from a personal perspective.

2.05pm – Janet Gurney – Director of Learning at Us in a Bus, Intensive Interaction specialist and trainer, speaking on Intensive Interaction and how to use it as a communication tool.

3.10pm – Yvonne Newbold – Creator of The SEND VCB Project, author of The Special Parent’s Handbook, has won three awards; HSJ Top 50 Inspirational Women in Healthcare 2014, Learning Disability Today Parent/Carer Advocate Champion Award 2015 and The PENNA Award 2016. She is also the owner of The SEND VCB Project Facebook page, The SEND VCB Project for Families Facebook group and Coke Floats and Chemo Facebook page. Yvonne will be speaking about VCB (Violent Challenging/Controlling Behaviour) and how you can support your child to reduce their VCB.

There will be an opportunity to ask the speakers questions after they have finished their talk.

Lunch is provided. If you have any dietary requirements (allergies/vegetarian/vegan) or have any questions about the conference please email details to ASDconference@yahoo.com

Tea and coffee will be provided all day.

There is limited parking available in the venue’s car park, but there is another car park close by and parking available on side streets.

Southend East train station is very close to the venue and there are bus stops close by.