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The PDA Nurture Programme - PPP

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Kennet Valley Free Church

Carters Rise

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Join Harry Thompson, Jodie Isitt and Phil Christie in Reading, Berkshire for a PDA Event delivered from three different perspectives.

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By courtesy of Kennet Valley Free Church, Harry Thompson, Jodie Isitt and Phil Christie are hosting a brand new event - The PDA Nurture Programme - PPP. Each of the three P's represent a persepctive from which each host will be speaking: Personal, Parental and Professional, all on the topic of Pathological Demand Avoidance - a behaviour profile within the autism spectrum.

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Firstly, Jodie Isitt - mother of three autistic children (one of whom has PDA), manager of the blog, Autism with Love and the Author of children's book 'Autism with Lola' - will be offering a fantstic insight into parenting PDA.

Jodie introduces herself as: "A mother of three amazingly determined Autistic children and I am also a carer for my daughter Lola aged 9. Lola is Autistic with a demand avoidant profile and has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She had an extremely difficult time whilst attending a mainstream primary because of her ability to mask her difficulties. She also had some trouble regulating her sensory differences which were perceived as bad behaviour. When Lola transferred into a specialist primary school I found that I was having trouble accepting I would always be a carer, and I wanted to use my creativity to help others realise that you can build something around being a parent/carer and whilst doing that helping to change peoples perceptions of disabilities including autism."

Next up, Harry Thompson, the very eloquent author and speaker will deliver a talk in which he will offer unique, descriptive insights into PDA from a first person perspective.

Harry Thompson is a public speaker, PDA Ambassador, expert by experience and consultant, YouTuber, and the author of 'The PDA Paradox - The Highs And Lows of My Life on a Little-Known Part of The Autism Spectrum'. Harry is heavily involved in projects and research on all topics around PDA and Neurodiversity. He dedicates most of his time travelling around the country giving talks and mentoring children with PDA. Harry is currently writing his second book which will be a fictionalised children's story written from the first-person perspective of a neurodivergent child.

And finally, Phil Christie will talk about PDA from a professional's perspective.

Phil Christie is a Consultant Child Psychologist who now works on an independent basis and with colleagues as part of Autism Associates. Phil was Director of Children’s Services for a regonal autism charity (now Autism East Midlands) for 30 years, until standing down in 2013. This role inlcuded overseeing Sutherland House School (a specialist school for pupils and students with autism between the ages of 3 and 19. Phil was also lead consultant at the Elizabeth Newson Centre providing diagnostic assessments of children from across the UK. The centre had a particular specialisms in early diagnosis and intervention as well as clinical and research work around Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA). Phil has published widely in the field of autism and has co-authored the books ‘Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome in Children’, ‘Can I tell you about Pathological Demand Avoidance syndrome? A guide for friends, family and professionals’. and Collaborative Approaches to Learning for Pupils with PDA.

Following the presentations, there will be a Q&A session where you will have the opportunity to ask the speakers whatever you want.

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Doors open at 13.15 for a 13.30 start, and the programme will finish at around 15.30. Upon conclusion of the event, there will be opportunities to network, meet and chat with the speakers, enjoy refreshments and purchase any or all of the speaker's books. The day itself will wrap up at around 16.30/16.45.

We do hope you are able to make this wonderful opportunity to engage with some of the people who are most able to explain how life works - and doesn’t - with Pathological Demand Avoidance.

*If you are a parent hoping to attend, and you are planning on bringing your child, please note that our cut-off age for under 18s is 13 years old. Thank you.*

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