PDA Learning Lab

In the PDA Learning Lab, you will find weekly online events and trainings on all topics related to supporting PDA. All webinars (1h-90min) and trainings are in Central time and you will receive a link to view following the live event. (Level 2 Trainings will not be recorded and must be attended live.) All ticket purchasers will receive a link to the webinar within 48hrs of the event.  If you’re looking for a past event, please check out the “Pre-recorded Webinars” 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 Guy Stephens on Seclusion & Restraint

July 19, 2024

11:00 am

Central Time

Join us for a live Q&A with Guy Stephens on the topic of Seclusion & Restraint in schools with PDA children.

Guy is the founder and executive director of the Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint (AASR), and a board member of PDANA. AASR is a community of over 25,000 parents, self-advocates, teachers, school administrators, paraprofessionals, attorneys, related service providers, and others working together to influence change in supporting children whose behaviors are often misunderstood.

He is considered a national expert on the issue of restraint and seclusion.

Submit your question for Guy here: https://forms.gle/JAC2Q3MyJT9G8XtU7

Supporting Gifted and Twice-Exceptional PDAers

July 25, 2024

7:00 pm

Central Time

Is your PDAer very bright, talented, gifted, or twice-exceptional? In this talk, Dr. Danika Maddocks will discuss some of the unique challenges that arise when adults want to better understand and support PDAers who also gifted/twice-exceptional. She’ll also discuss several guiding principles to help parents meet the needs of their gifted/twice-exceptional PDAers at home and/or school.

Dr. Danika Maddocks has supported gifted and twice-exceptional families for over 15 years as a teacher, researcher, therapist, and parent coach. Through The Gifted Learning Lab she provides free resources and coaching for parents with emotionally intense gifted/2e kids, including many families with PDAers. As a twice-exceptional PDAer raising a similarly wired kid, Danika is on a mission to make parents’ lives easier so gifted and twice-exceptional families can thrive.

PDA North America Training Program Level 2

July 27, 2024

10:00 am

Central Time

PDA North America Training Program – Level 2

Join us for the Level 2 PDA North America Training 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.

Our PDA Lives: From Birth Until Now with the Trauma Faucet on Full

July 30, 2024

1:00 pm

Central Time

Our PDA Lives: From Birth Until Now with the Trauma Faucet on Full 

with Sally Cat & Brook from No Pressure PDA

We’re going to be talking about how we, as PDA people, have constantly wrestled with trauma responses, from the moment we were born. We’ll be sharing our lived experiences to help parents understand their own PDA kids’ seemingly contradictory behaviors. We’ll explain how we are naturally anxiety prone, have heightened social sensitivity and an instinct to mask the panic that’s guaranteed to stem from this so that, as a result, we are easily misunderstood as lazy, defiant, over-confident, or even completely uncaring.

We know that many parents, when they first come across PDA, are flustered and struggling not to blame, or to be angry with their children. Our hope is that, by communicating our own lived experiences as PDA adults, who are also the parents of PDA kids, fellow parents will gain helpful insights into what makes their own children tick.

Our aim is also to provide parents with tried and tested ways of bringing about peaceful and harmonious family relationships.

Our firm belief is that increasing understanding of what PDA is like from the inside enables parents to understand the underlying roots of their own PDA kids’ seemingly contradictory behaviors, so that positive family relationships flourish.

August PDA 101 (free)

August 1, 2024

7:00 pm

Central Time

PDA101 is a presentation led by PDA North America founder and licensed therapist, Diane Gould, every month. 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. There will be no July event due to it falling on a holiday.

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.

2-hr Training Workshop: Supporting Safety in the Nervous System

August 8, 2024

7:00 pm

Central Time

Supporting Safety in the Nervous System: Understanding The Body-Brain State that Fosters Collaboration, Learning, and Maturation

By Zach Morris

In this 2-hour training with Zach Morris we will explore: the hierarchy of the human central nervous system and how states of being impact learning and interacting; neuroception and its relationship to experience and perception; the human needs for choice, context, and connection, and their impact on a sense of safety; strategies that help build momentum for personal growth. The concepts we will examine together are applicable for any age and stage within the learning process. Does your child or student have difficulty accepting support offerings? Do they have a low tolerance for challenge? Is their resistance towards exerting energy on non-preferred tasks leading to conflict? If your child or student is experiencing internal and/or external conflicts around learning and participating, this talk will help give you direction for how you can support their needs.

Live Q&A with Destiny Huff, IEP Coach & Advocate

August 16, 2024

11:00 am

Central Time

Join us for a free live Q&A with Destiny Huff, MS, LPC on Navigating IEPs

Destiny Huff, MS, LPC is a late-diagnosed Autistic and ADHD, mental health therapist, military spouse, and mother of two neurodivergent children. Destiny is also a non-attorney special education advocate and IEP coach who supports neurodivergent parents at the IEP table and trains schools, organizations, and parent groups on how to support neurodivergent learners in the school setting.

Boston Area Workshop: Understanding And Supporting PDA Individuals

September 20, 2024

7:00 am

Central Time

Boston Area Workshop: Understanding And Supporting PDA Individuals

By PDA North America and Peer Projects

8am-3:30pm EST

Awareness of the PDA profile is spreading across America. This full day workshop at Danversport, a beautiful waterfront location outside Boston, will introduce PDA to parents, therapists, educators and others with the focus on effective ways to support these anxious, autistic demand avoidant individuals. Understanding PDA also has the benefit of providing a broader and more accurate understanding of autism.

Joining us for this event are three incredible speakers – Diane Gould (Founder of PDA North America and author of Navigating PDA in America), Linda Murphy (author of Declarative Language Handbook and founder of Peer Projects) and Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman (PDAer and PDA coach).

A light breakfast, coffee/tea, and lunch are all catered by the venue and included in the ticket price. Lunch is buffet style and you’ll have a full hour to get to know the other parents and practitioners in attendance while enjoying the setting of the beautiful marina.

NOTE: We are working on adding social work CEs so stay tuned!

PDA North America Training Program Level 1

October 4, 2024

10:00 am

Central Time

PDA North America Training 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 within 48hrs of the event..

PDA North America Training Program Level 2

October 18, 2024

10:00 am

Central Time

PDA North America Training Program – Level 2

Join us on Oct 18th for the Level 2 PDA North America Training 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.