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PDA - Diagnosing, Social Care, Parenting & Legalities

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The Derby Conference Centre Limited

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DE24 8UX

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Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a presentation of Autism. During our day-long workshop we will develop your understanding within the practical areas of PDA, from diagnosis through to social care, parenting and legalities.

We are honoured to have some of the most reputable names in the Autism professionals community to deliver in-depth, multi-agency workshops to enrich your understanding of PDA. This is a very cost effective way of gaining access to some of the most highly regarded specialists (see below) in the country who have a wealth of knowledge in PDA.

This is an interactive event, so before the workshop, please Email in your questions with background to your cases and 5 will be chosen as focus points during the workshop by the professionals below:

1. Consultant Psychiatrist - Dr. Richard Soppitt MMedSc MRCPsych

Incredibly highly regarded amongst top UK Psychiatrists, Dr Soppitt is an experienced Consultant Psychiatrist who has researched and studied ASD and PDA at length. Having had his work published and peer reviewed, Dr Soppitt is best placed to help us understand PDA and its presentations.

  • What is PDA?
  • What are the typical traits of the PDA presentation?
  • How PDA traits differ from sensory avoidance, ODD and other presentations.
  • How to identify a trigger for 'meltdowns'?
  • How to manage 'meltdowns'?
  • How to gain a diagnosis? Why is PDA not recognised in certain areas?
  • What is the psychiatric impact of PDA on the family (parents, siblings etc)
  • How this leads to mental health problems.
  • What can you do as a parent?

2. Specialist ASD + Mental Health Independent Social Worker - Cathie Long MA

Cathie is an award winning independent social worker who specialises in Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Mental Health. Having been a social worker since 1993, and an independent social worker since 2011, Cathie holds an impressive Post-Qualifying Award in Social Work, a Master of Arts in Autism, The Professional Learning Award Outstanding Achievement (Autism) from the University of South Wales and has an Approved Mental Health Professional status.

Cathie has worked with Dr Soppitt on some very high profile cases. She has also worked with families who have been wrongly accused of fabricating their child's ASD and has achieved great success for children and young people with PDA who have had to fight for their educational provisions.

Cathie's work beautifully compliments that of Dr Soppitt, and she will be offering information on:

  • Understanding your PDA child
  • Understanding the impact on siblings and the family
  • Managing a household with PDA and 'neurotypical' children
  • The involvement of the local authority's social care department
  • Child protection, Munchausen's By Proxy/Fabricated Induced Illness
  • Social care needs of a child with PDA
  • Accessing support and recommendations for home settings...

3. Specialist SEND Education Law Solicitor - Nathan Davies

Nathan is very well known throughout the UK for his incredible work in very complex Education Law issues. Nathan has won some very high profile PDA cases, achieving incredibly detailed EHCPs and securing outstanding education and care provisions suitable for children and young people with very complex presentations of Autism such as PDA. Nathan has represented families at tribunals and high court proceedings, ensuring the most suitable results are achieved for the child in line with the recommendations of other professionals that he works with.

Nathan will be covering:

  • What is an EHCP, and how can you get one?
  • Typically what is required to be detailed within an EHCP for children with PDA.
  • How this level of provision can be achieved.
  • What to do if you fall into social care difficulties.
  • Appeals, tribunals and outcomes

4. Experienced Parent of a child with PDA - Chrissa Wadlow

Chrissa is the Founder of Sunshine Support and has an incredibly heartbreaking, but very inspiring, story to tell about her experience of being a mother to a child with PDA.

From the early signs and concerns through to the battle that faced her family once they requested an EHCP for a suitable education, Chrissa has seen the 'system' at it's worst and experienced 3 SEND tribunals and a High Court case (that she won!).

Chrissa's story will move you, and she will let you know that you're not alone; allowing you to feel positive, supported and empowered for your journey ahead.


Please book your tickets online - 'early bird' options are available before 21st February at a reduced rate.


FAQs

I work in the Education/Health/Care sector, can I attend?

Due to the sensitive nature of the contents of the event, we are only inviting parents and carers to this workshop. However, if you'd like to attend a PDA workshop for professionals, please email us info@sunshine-support.org.uk ASAP and we will provide you with details of the next course for you.

My child doesn't have a diagnosis, can I still attend?

Yes, absolutely! This is for you. You have questions that need answering I'm sure, so let us help.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is parking available, and there is a ramp should you require wheelchair access. The Derby Conference Centre is located near the train station and on popular bus routes.

Can I bring my child/children?

The event is not suitable for children, and so we recommend they do not attend.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Yes, you can contact us here: info@sunshine-support.org.uk

Can I buy a ticket on the door?

No, tickets are available in advance only.

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