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Reimagining family life with demand avoidant children

November 29, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

For AsIAm’s next community support webinar, we will focus on the topic of Pathological Demand Avoidance. While PDA is proposed as a subset of autism, it can appear across the autism spectrum. The term describes individuals who experience an overwhelming need to avoid or resist demands. This resistance is closely linked to anxiety and can result in strong reactions from autistic people of all ages. These reactions (much like meltdowns) can easily be mistaken for tantrums or aggression.

To help us learn how to locate sources of anxiety and navigate avoidant reactions, we are joined by expert speaker Harry Thompson. Harry Thompson is an Autistic PDA adult, he is the author of the bestselling book – PDA Paradox, a public speaker, autistic educator, PDA ambassador, consultant & self-advocate. His audiences receive invaluable insights into neurodivergent experience, often delivered with controversial humour & brutal honesty. Harry supports parents, families, teachers, professionals as well as neurodivergent adults by offering consultations, training & talks. Harry uses his social media platforms to educate & create (sometimes controversial) conversation with the aim to create a more inclusive society. Harry is passionate about providing a platform for open conversation, where opinions are challenged (including his own), theories are shared and taboo subjects are discussed. Harry advocates for the ND community to give them a voice, allowing them to celebrate their neurobiology and be seen as an important and much needed part of society.

To register for the webinar, sign up here.

More information on content of seminar to be added closer to the time. If you have any queries on this seminar, you can email support@asiam.ie


November 29, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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