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The PDA Space Summit 2023

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 Our mission...

...has always been to give every person the opportunity and the space to understand and share their experiences and knowledge of Pathological Demand Avoidance, an element of the Autism Spectrum Profile that is frequently misunderstood, overlooked and ignored. 

We want our community to feel heard and held.

With so many speakers already confirmed for this year's summit, this is what you can expect...

Our goal is to inspire a deeper understanding of what drives PDA, and what the behaviours that come with it are trying to communicate to us. Therefore, we see it as an outstanding achievement to have so many highly regarded, global specialists, professionals and families of PDAers, as well as the personal stories of PDAers with different perspectives, coming together at the same time and in the same space.  Throughout the three days of the summit, they will be discussing PDA in detail, sharing lived experiences, educational challenges, therapeutic support and parents’ experiences.

Our Speakers and their Message

All our speakers bring unique values to the summit and their own message. Some have a mix of personal lived experience and professional experience; others bring support techniques and practical guidance. You can find out more and how to contact them when you register.
Thank you to our speakers, and thank you too for joining us this year.

Friday 19th May 2023 | Creating Inclusion

Cathleen Long and Rachel Gavin: Fabricated or induced illness - Practice Guide

Julia Daunt: Making sense of Sensory Processing Difficulties (SPD)

Amanda Hind: Navigating life as a Black mixed-heritage, late-diagnosed autistic woman

Roanna Brewer: The PDAers guide to navigating education

Kay Aldred: Working with the nervous system to understand and support regulation

Tori Rist: How to create an inclusive school

Dr Theresa Kidd: PDAers reaching adulthood: Contributing Elements for a Successful Transition

Laura Hellfeld & Scott: When Demands Make Eating Hard

Tigger: True inclusion in education, peers and staff

Kristy Forbes: Tuning into neuroaffirming family culture for PDA

Kyra Chambers: Collaborative approaches in mental health care

Saturday 20th May 2023 | Supporting Inclusion

Helen Edgar & Viv Dawes: Autistic Burnout - Supporting children and young people

Hannah Harris: Why Collaboration = Yes

Tracey Chadwick: Doing EBSA differently

Catrina Lowry: The Other 29

Corrina Wood: PDA, intolerance of uncertainty and CUES©

Julia Caro: Puzzles and contradictions

Lindsay Guttridge: How can parents deal with feeling excluded?

Paula Rice: True inclusivity doesn't fit in a predefined box

Christina Keeble: No I don’t need to be more consistent! 

Sally Cat & No Pressure PDA: PDA and trauma

Sunday 21st May 2023 | Learning From Inclusion

David Gray Hammond & Tanya Adkin: Autism, PDA and addiction

Dr Naomi Fisher & Heidi Steel: 4 things that your children need for their learning to SOAR

Debs Bamford: Safeguarding with a twist

Suzan Issa: PDA and the nervous system

Asher Jenner: PDA and inclusion …why has it been vital to me?

Kate Denny: The WARM model

Riko Ryuki: PDA vs ADA.  The difference between PDA and autistic demand avoidance, and why it matters

Sally PDA talk: When I want to be included

Libby Hill: Using Poly-vagal theory to explain PDA and selective mutism

Nicola Reekie: Feeling Excluded As a Parent

Friday 19th May 2023 

Creating Inclusion

Saturday 20th May 2023 

Supporting Inclusion

Sunday 21st May 2023 

Learning from Inclusion

Presenting Your Speakers!

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Please note that we do not endorse any person, organisation or affiliate.  Whilst we consider our speakers to be the voice of the PDA community, the views presented here do not necessarily reflect those of The PDA Space. 
We advise you to do your own research and safeguarding checks before using services offered by any of the speakers featured in the PDA Space Summit.
The PDA Space cannot be held responsible.  You are responsible for your own due diligence.
Please note that most of our speakers consider themselves neurodivergent which means there could be some last minute changes to the final line-up.