PDA for Healthcare – evidence, guidance and practice

The PDA Society is delighted to be hosting a morning of mini lectures given by some of the world’s most renowned experts in PDA.

The event is specifically targeted at healthcare professionals but anyone is welcome to attend as it promises to be hugely informative. Tickets are available now.

The event takes place over zoom on Tuesday 5th December from 9.00am – 12.30pm (GMT). We’ll be hearing talks from:

  • Professor Tony Attwood is one of the world’s foremost specialists on autism. He is currently serving as an adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Queensland, and has run his own practice for 30 years, as well as being an internationally renowned author.
  • Phil Christie is a Consultant Child Psychologist and the author of several books on PDA. He was the Director of an autism-specific school and children’s services for 30 years and established the Elizabeth Newson Centre, so has had significant experience in diagnosing and assessing children across the autism spectrum.
  • Dr Michelle Garnett is a Clinical Psychologist with more than 30 years 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. She is an author and has significantly contributed to autism research.
  • Asher Jenner is a 19 year old PDA adult who has experienced major mental health issues, including an eating disorder where she needed a 14 month stay in an inpatient eating disorder unit. She is well into her recovery now and beginning a career as an inclusive dance teacher, giving dance classes to younger children with additional needs as well as raising awareness about PDA by speaking about her lived experience.
  • Dr Anita Marsden is a Clinical Psychologist working with autistic people and their families for over 20 years, clinically and in research. She is currently developing a psychology service in the NHS to meet the needs of neurodivergent children, young people and their families. Through her work she has significant experience of diagnostic and psychological assessment, intervention, consultation, professional supervision as well as teaching and training. Her work around PDA has been published by the British Psychological Society.
  • Hannah Harris is a PDA adult, with sensory processing disorder, ADHD, auditory processing disorder, dyspraxia and dyslexia. She is a neurodivergent coach & consultant and the founder of The Autistic Advantage. Alongside her coaching she is a special educational needs teacher with experience in both mainstream and autism specialist settings.

This event has been particularly designed to meet the needs of people assessing, diagnosing or providing support for neurodivergent people in a healthcare context, however anyone is welcome to attend. It is likely to be particularly useful for: Clinical Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Paediatricians, CAMHS professionals, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Educational Psychologists, Developmental Paediatricians, General Practitioners, Health visitors.

The mini lectures will cover:

  • The clinical basis of PDA – how the demand avoidance profile can be identified
  • Presentations by lived experience experts on how they experience PDA
  • How to understand needs within a neurodivergent context
  • Support post identification – including strategies and approaches that help

You will be sent a zoom link for the day and then will also get access to a full replay recording, available to you for 30 days.

If you’d like to know a little more about the PDA profile before attending please take a look at this short video published by NDTi, produced for NHS England Commissioners, that is a helpful starting point: watch here