Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)
Date(s) - Nov 17, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), Neurodiversity, Neurodivergence – These are a few of the buzz-words today in many disability conversations including those some of the children who will come into our care. What do these terms mean to you? Why does language matter? Autistic children often need extra support when processing requests or demands especially for things that may be unfamiliar or unpreferred. Those with a PDA profile experience severe anxiety over similar situations but also include everyday ‘demands’ such as hygiene, eating, dressing, and attending school. Parents, caregivers and educators often hear “I can’t” and interpret it as “I won’t”. Let’s see what is really happening for these children, how they respond and how we can support them.
Suitable for all early learning professionals and parents.
Professional Development Certificate
Professional Development Certificate Credit Hours
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604-931-3400 ext. 0
Pam Collins very proudly identifies as neurodivergent and has two adult neurodivergent sons. She is an Autism/Neurodiversity Support Specialist and an Educator for Reach Child and Youth Development Society and has been supporting families, caregivers, and educators for over 23 years. She is a co-founder of the Richmond Autism Interagency Committee – a group dedicated to increasing opportunities for people with autism to be accepted and celebrated in their communities.