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Autism, PDA and Challenging Behaviour Conference

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PAST are very excited to be hosting this event for parents, carers and profesionals. This event will be suitable for anyone who parents, works with or has an interest in autism, PDA and challenging behaviour.

Our guest speakers include:

Harry Thompson - Author of The PDA Paradox, speaker and Youtuber.

Yvonne Newbold - Best selling author of "The Special Needs Handbook", parent and speaker

Chris Bonello - Award Winning Writer and founder of "Autistic not Weird"


Ethan Smith and Josh Spooner - "Smith and Spoon Talks"

**********PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OUR GUEST SPEAKERS****************

As well as these excellent speakers both Laura Kerbey (Founder of PAST, Healthy Happy Me and KITE) and Angela Kelly (Counsellor and Psychotherapist for PAST and Healthy Happy Me) will be speaking.

Laura will be speaking on Anxiety and Behaviour Management.

Angela will be speaking about Reslience - Understanding Your Child's Reactions and Building Strategies

*Tickets to this event are £65 before July 31st and £70 thereafter. Fee includes refreshments and lunch*


Harry Thompson was born in Edgeware and grew up in Barnet (North London). He currently divides his time between Brighton & London. An avid reader & researcher, Harry speaks publicly and is heavily involved in projects & research on all topics around neurodiversity and Autism, namely, Pathological Demand Avoidance, a behaviour profile within the Autism Spectrum. He launched his YouTube channel in March of 2017 which has since amassed a strong following.

Harry began to write the first draft of his book in 2015. After connecting with many Autistic & PDA families, he pivoted his direction and completed his book in about 6 weeks, a memoir entitled the PDA Paradox: The Highs and Lows of My Life on a Little-Known Part of the Autism Spectrum, published in February 2019 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Harry’s aim is simply to make the lives of neurodivergent individuals and their families, a little easier and enjoyable, and a little less chaotic and miserable. People are all too quick to label the neurodivergent child as broken, when really the neurodivergent child has buckled under the weight of a system that does not currently accommodate them, thus their gifts, merits and attributes are often obscured and their flaws are pronounced.

Yvonne Newbold is a Mother; Author of The Special Parent’s Handbook; Writer, Speaker; Trainer; National Learning Disability and Autism Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 2018; WHIS Ambassador, Autism, Learning Disabilities & Families; Advisor, NHS England Learning Disabilities & Autism; School for Change Agents Graduate 2017; PENNA Outstanding Contribution to Patient Experience Award 2016; LDT Learning Disability Champion Award 2015; HSJ Top 50 Inspirational Women in Healthcare Award 2014. QFC PTTLS Level 3


Yvonne is also the Founder of The SEND VCB Project, which support families of children with additional needs who have violent and challenging behaviour. She supports nearly 4,000 families through a closed Facebook Group, she has created resources about this issue on her website, she speaks at conferences and runs training and workshops for parents and professionals in London and elsewhere in the UK and Ireland, and she is currently in the process of launching an on-line e-learning course for parents and professionals. She is also working closely with an research team at Northumbria University on a large qualitative academic study into the impact of SEND VCB on family life Since the inception of the Project in April 2017, there are now dozens of success stories of families who have been able to support their children to move beyond their violent episodes and who are now able to look forward to happy and productive futures. Yvonne has first-hand experience of violence from a child with additional needs, and it took eight years to access appropriate services. Over time she learnt that these behaviours are often driven by a child’s extreme fear, anxiety, distress and confusion. They are not due to wilful disobedience or misbehaviour. This means that the parenting approaches needed to address this behaviour are compassionate, supportive, nurturing and collaborative rather than the traditional parenting methods based on rewards, consequences and sanctions. Yvonne is also living with Stage 4 Cancer. She is on long-term treatment that is working very well, and which has so far kept her alive for four years beyond her original prognosis. The SEND VCB Project and other similar work is Yvonne’s “Bucket List” - she is determined to do whatever she can to improve the lives of the next generation of families of children with significant additional needs. Yvonne is also a regular contributor to TV and Radio programmes on childhood disability issues.


Chris Bonnello is an award-winning writer and international speaker with Asperger Syndrome, also a novelist and special needs tutor (formerly a primary school teacher). In 2015 he launched Autistic Not Weird to share his insights from both a personal and professional perspective, a venture which has seen him attract 104,000 Facebook followers and over two million page hits on his website (autisticnotweird.com), as well as speaking engagements as far away as India and Sydney Opera House. His talk will focus on life lessons he wished he learned growing up on the autism spectrum, and advice he frequently gives to young autistic people.


Smith and Spoon Talks:

Smith & Spoon Talks are motivational and inspirational scenes set by Ethan Smith and Josh Spooner whose mission to raise awareness, highlights the struggles that students with Autism, ADHD and other Emotional Behaviour Disorders face. It is difficult for teachers, staff and other supporting networks to reinforce and assist the needs of young people with special educational needs or additional learning demands.

Ethan and Josh aim to inspire teachers, staff and parents with strategies that worked for them, in order to help transition and to perform well through school and into adulthood.



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