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PDA Workshop

  • March 06, 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Holiday Inn, Skokie

For Parents and Professionals, a workshop on

Supporting Individuals with a Demand Avoidance Profile of the Autism Spectrum

With PDA experts from the United Kingdom:
Laura Kerbey – Autism Consultant & Founder of ‘Positive Autism Support and Training’
Harry Thompson – Author of the best-selling book: “The PDA Paradox”


Thursday March 5th 2020 – 9:00-4:00
UIC Institute on Disability and Human Development,
Auditorium (First Floor),
1640 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL.
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Friday, March 6th 2020 –  9:00-4:00
Holiday Inn
5300 W. Touhy Avenue, Skokie, IL

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Professionals without CEUs before January 17th 2020 $159.
Professionals without CEUs after January 17th, 2020 $179.
Non-professionals before January 17th 2020 $129.
Non-professionals after January 17th 2020 $149.

Laura will run the morning workshop which will help you:

 Understand what PDA is and how it differs from other forms of autism;  Understand the impact PDA has on a child, teenager or young adult and how they can be supported;  Understand the reasons behind challenging behavior;

 Employ strategies to minimize challenging behavior and support your child during times of crisis;

Harry will run the afternoon workshop and deliver his presentation: “PDA From the Inside”

Do you know an individual who doesn't quite fit in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder but has similar traits?

Do you know an individual with challenging behavior who does not respond to traditional behavioral intervention including rewards and consequences?

Do you know an individual who avoids every day demands and even avoids things he or she enjoys?

Maybe that person has PDA!

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a complex Autism Spectrum Disorder that is characterized by an anxiety driven need to be in control and avoid every day demands. Children and adults with PDA require a different approach than is typically used with individuals with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome.

Sponsored by Diane Gould Therapy, LLC

Co-Sponsored by the UIC Institute on Disability and Human Development through the Illinois Autism Awareness Grant

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