PDA Society Q&A Live: Sleep

PDA Society Q&A Live: Sleep

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Monthly discussion sessions on topics surrounding PDA. June 2022: Sleep

About this event

The PDA Society is currently running monthly online Q&A Live sessions with guest speakers answering questions on specific topics.

Where possible, the Q&As will be held on the last Thursday of the month between 8pm-9pm. There may be a few exceptions, so please do keep an eye out for dates. Tickets must be purchased in advance and cost £5 per person (plus booking fee).


Questions can be submitted at the time of booking and/or via the chat function on the night.

Only the speakers’ cameras and microphones will be on, all delegates will be muted/videos off.

The Q&As will be recorded and available for pre-booked delegates to watch for a period of 30 days after the event – so for privacy and confidentiality, please don’t share personal information in your questions.

It may not be possible to answer all questions depending on the numbers attending and the amount of questions asked. Also it won’t be possible to answer specific questions on personal situations within these Q&A sessions – if you require support please contact our enquiry line: https://www.pdasociety.org.uk/contact-us/enquiry-line/

Q&A Live - Sleep, Thursday 30th June 2022, 8pm-9pm

Following on from our recent sleep survey, during this session we'll be looking to answer questions that are based around sleep and, we're delighted to be joined by The Sleep Charity and adult PDAer Sally Cat.

Guest Speakers:

Helen Rutherford - Specialist Sleep Practitioner with The Sleep Charity. Her professional practice has focused on working with children who have additional needs. Her experience now extends into a fourth decade. She has a breadth of experience including management and leadership roles. She led on the NHS England funded, national award-winning project "Sleep Support for Children with Autism" and on the BBC Children in Need funded "Sleep Support for Children with ADHD". Helen has a flexible and adaptable set of skills that can have her sharing her expertise with health, educational and social care professionals as well as devoting her time to parents, carers, children and young people in the other.

The work of the Sleep Charity has received widespread attention due to the success the team have in improving sleep patterns. The organisation has been presented with several national awards including the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, Royal Society for Public Health Award for children and young people and the GSK Impact Award with the King’s Fund. https://thesleepcharity.org.uk/ Twitter: @TheSleepCharity


Sally Cat - Adult PDAer, author, artist and animator, as well as the mum of a 10 year-old PDAer. She has had delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS) alongside PDA since young childhood, though it wasn't officially diagnosed until her forties. Her newest book, Sleep Misfits, is about circadian sleep disorders, with the focus being on DSPS and it's cousin non-24-hour-sleep-wake-disorder (Non-24). The book includes first-hand accounts from several hundred DSPS and Non-24ers as well as input from James Fadden, Vice President of the Circadian Sleep Disorders Network and summaries of scientific findings. http://www.sallycatpda.co.uk/

Please join the Zoom meeting 5-10 minutes prior to the start time to check your technology is working as we’re unable to delay the start, due to the number of delegates we anticipate attending. Please also familiarise yourself with the chat function so that you can ask questions.

If you have any additional needs that may require assistance during the session, please do let us know at the time of booking so that we can discuss arrangements in advance.

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Future Q&A Live events include*:

All sessions below are on a Thursday between 8pm-9pm:

24th February – Coping strategies for PDA adults

31st March – Neurodivergent parenting

28th April – Looking after ourselves as caregivers

26th May – Balancing needs within the family

30th June – Sleep

*dates/topics subject to change until shared via Eventbrite

Please note: any education, legislation or healthcare practices discussed are related to England and delegates joining from other locations will need to consider their own local education, legal and healthcare requirements. The PDA Society reserves the right to substitute published speakers should unforeseen circumstances arise.

The PDA Society offers a variety of training programmes available for parent/carers and professionals. If you’d like further information or would like to make a booking, please contact our training team: training@pdasociety.org.uk

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