Upcoming Events & Webinars

All events/webinars are in Central time and will be available to view for 2 weeks following the live webinar. All ticket purchasers will receive a link to the webinar within 48hrs.  If you’re looking for a past event, please check our “Support Shop” page to find past webinars that are available for purchase.
PDA North America is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Proceeds from webinars help support PDA North America. Don’t want to attend a webinar/training but still want to support us? Donate here.
 

Live Q&A with Dr. Donna Henderson, clinical neuropsychologist & author

May 22, 2024

12:00 pm

Central Time

Live Q&A with Dr. Donna Henderson, clinical neuropsychologist & author
Dr. Donna Henderson has been a clinical neuropsychologist for over 30 years. She is passionate about identifying and supporting autistic individuals, particularly those who camouflage, and she is co-author (with Drs. Sarah Wayland and Jamell White) of two books: Is This Autism? A guide for clinicians and everyone else and Is This Autism? A companion guide for diagnosing. Dr. Henderson’s professional home is The Stixrud Group in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she provides neuropsychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults who would like to understand themselves better. She is a sought-after lecturer on the less obvious presentations of autism, autistic girls and women, PDA, and on parenting children with complex profiles. She also enjoys providing neurodiversity-affirmative training and consultation for other healthcare professionals.
We ask that you submit all questions for Dr. Henderson in advance of the live Q&A at the link below:

Webinar: PMS (Parents Maintaining Selfcare) with Carrie Danny

May 23, 2024

7:00 pm

Central Time

Webinar: PMS (Parents Maintaining Selfcare)

with Carrie Danny, RISE Vice President & Founder (Reimagining Inclusive Self Empowerment)

Practical ways parents can start and maintain self-care. In this workshop you are guided to create a personalized plan to incorporate self-care into your parenting and everyday life.

About Carrie: I am a Home Educator and parent to two children who are Autistic, ADHD and PDA. For most of my life I struggled with my own ADHD, SPD, OCD, Anxiety and Depression. In 2017 I was working full-time and caring for my infant and toddler, when I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. It quickly became stage 4 metastatic and spread throughout my ribs, hips, spine, and skull. I was scared, angry, overwhelmed, exhausted, and in constant pain. I was doing all I could for my family until l had nothing left to give.
I did not know how to do self-care at all. I had to learn how to care for myself to be able to care for my family! I learned to do small but consistent self-care that recharges me to keep going as a parent.
RISE (Reimagining Inclusive Self Empowerment) is a non-profit providing accessible, inclusive, educational Online Workshops, Outdoor Recreation and Retreats all at no-cost to attend.

PDANA Training: Polyvagyl Theory & the Safe and Sound Protocol with Colleen Hanson

May 30, 2024

7:00 pm

Central Time

PDANA Training: Polyvagyl Theory & the Safe and Sound Protocol with Colleen Hanson

with Colleen Hanson, MSW, LCSW

This training will be available for 2 weeks post-event for all ticket purchasers.

This presentation will provide an introduction/overview of Polyvagal Theory developed by Stephen Porges.  The theory provides an understanding of how the nervous system responds to cues of safety, challenge or threat and how this influences our social behavior, physical and mental health.  Colleen will provide examples and practical information about how applying a Polyvagal theory lens can be helpful in daily life for self-regulation and providing support to others.

Finally, she will share information about the intervention developed by Stephen Porges called the Safe and Sound Protocol that she has been using in practice since 2019. It is a passive intervention that uses music to tone and retune the nervous system helping to create a better basis for regulation, social connection, and other cognitive processes.

June PDA 101 (free monthly event)

June 6, 2024

7:00 pm

Central Time

A monthly webinar led by PDA North America founder and licensed therapist, Diane Gould. This webinar is for families, individuals and professionals who have recently heard of PDA (pathological demand avoidance) or a refresher course for those that want to dig a little deeper into their basic understanding of PDA. Diane will do a presentation and answer questions at the end.

Held the first Thursday each month at 7:00 CST. Registration is required. To protect the privacy of those attending, these webinars will not be recorded.

PDA North America is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Proceeds from webinars help support PDA North America. Don’t want to attend a webinar but still want to support us? Donate here.

Live Q&A with Melissa Huddleston, PDA Homeschooling Expert

June 7, 2024

10:00 am

Central Time

Melissa Huddleston, AuDHD & PDAer, is a dedicated advocate and consultant specializing in neurodivergency, PDA, and homeschooling. Melissa’s expertise shines in assisting parents, particularly homeschooling families, navigate the unique challenges of raising, parenting, and educating PDAers. She equips PDA families with the tools to thrive while homeschooling, fostering more peaceful and understanding relationships.

Don’t miss the opportunity to have your PDA homeschooling questions answered!

PDANA Training: Parenting PDA: Power, Persuasion, and Purring

June 13, 2024

7:00 pm

Central Time

PDANA Training: Parenting PDA: Power, Persuasion, and Purring

with Sandra McConnell, Certified PDA Trainer & Family Consultant

This live training will be available for 2 weeks post-event for all ticket purchasers.

Join Sandra the PDA Mama Bear as she discusses hidden hierarchy and motivation killers that lurk subtly in everyday communication, not commonly perceptible to most, but possibly very perceptible to a PDA’er.  If you feel like you’re trying everything but still stuck, this may be exactly the webinar you need.

(*This is the same training that was given at the 2024 PDA North America Conference.)

Webinar: Adulting as a PDAer

June 25, 2024

7:00 pm

Central Time

Webinar: Adulting as a PDAer

with Brook from No Pressure PDA & PJ Starling

This webinar will be available for 2 weeks post-event for all ticket purchasers.

This webinar is for families of PDA children who want to learn what to expect as they get older, and for PDA adults looking for solidarity and tips. Both PJ and Brook will share about how they are in a deconstruction era and attempt to bring the lessons they learn about themselves to others so they can move forward swifter and more safely.

Through their lived experience, they will share how adult PDAers can be more compassionate toward themselves, and show parents of PDAers how to better understand the struggles their children have and how to navigate it all.

PDANA 2hr Training: The PDA Safe Circle™ Workshop: For PDAers & Parents of PDAers

July 11, 2024

5:00 pm

Central Time

PDANA Training: The PDA Safe Circle™ Workshop: For PDAers & Parents of PDAers

with Shoshana Meira Friedman

The recording of this training will be available post event for all ticket purchasers.

The PDA Safe Circle™ is a strengths-based approach to PDA developed by Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman, an adult PDAer and PDA parent. Fundamentally, The PDA Safe Circle™ asks the question: “How might PDAers use their strengths to thrive within the limitations of their disability?”
In the first half of the workshop, Rabbi Shoshana will introduce participants to the visual model of The PDA Safe Circle™, and give examples of how this strengths-based approach has worked in her and her son’s life. In the second half of the workshop, participants will have the chance to practice applying The PDA Safe Circle™ to their own lives.
Participants will walk away with:
– A deeper understanding of PDA from the lived experience of an adult PDAer.
– An appreciation of common PDA strengths.
– Awareness of their own or their child’s specific strengths.
– Ideas for how to intentionally use these strengths to support themselves or their child in thriving.

PDA North America Certificate Program Level 1

July 13, 2024

10:00 am

Central Time

PDA North America Certificate Program Level 1 was created for professionals and/or mentors of PDAers (parents included).

Led by our amazing team of neurodivergent experts, Diane Gould, Founder of PDANA and LCSW, Zach Morris (autsitc), Education Consultant & Homeschool Advisor, and Sandra McConnell (PDA/autistic), Certified PDA Trainer and Parent Consultant.

This five-hour training will cover topics from an in-depth look at the PDA (pathological demand avoidant) profile of autism by Diane Gould, Executive Director of PDA North America, along with two of the biggest struggles that every PDA parent faces – the parenting paradigm shift, and education/learning and PDA.

The training will take place via Zoom and will be recorded. All ticket purchasers will have access to the recording for 2 weeks.

PDA North America Certificate Program Level 2

July 27, 2024

10:00 am

Central Time

PDA North America Certificate Program – Level 2

Join us on July 27th for the Level 2 PDA North America Certificate Program created by team of autistic experts. This course was created for professionals only. Led by Diane Gould, Founder of PDANA and LCSW, Zach Morris, Education Consultant & Homeschool Advisor, and Sandra McConnell, Certified PDA Trainer and Parent Consultant.

In this training we will discuss anecdotal cases and/or students and give you an activity to complete during your training.

The training will take place via Zoom and will NOT be recorded. All ticket purchasers must attend this live in order to receive the certificate of completion.