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Pathological Demand Avoidance or PDA is a condition that is considered part of the Autism Spectrum by the National Autistic Society in the UK and is becoming increasingly recognised in Australia. It is characterised by extremely high levels of anxiety which lead to a child constantly trying to keep themselves safe by controlling their environment, resulting in avoidance of everyday demands, difficulties regulating their emotions and often challenging behaviour.

Join PDA experts Harry Thompson (PDAer and author of ‘The PDA Paradox’) and Kristy Forbes (PDAer and owner of Intune Pathways), and Educational and Developmental Psychologist Raelene Dundon (author of ‘The Parents’ Guide to Managing Anxiety in Children with Autism’) for a day sharing insights and knowledge about how Autism, anxiety and demand avoidance impact on the lives of children, adults and families, and what we can do to support individuals with PDA at home, at school and out in the community.

Proposed Agenda:

9.00am Registration

9.30am Speaker: Raelene Dundon

11.00am Break

11.15am Speaker: Harry Thompson

12.45pm Break

1.15pm Speaker: Kristy Forbes

2.45pm Break

3.00pm Q & A Panel

4.30pm Finish

  • Suitable for Parents, Educators and Professionals.
  • Ticket does not include lunch.
  • Tea and coffee will be provided.
  • Venue to be confirmed closer to the event date.