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If you've been thinking about joining The PDA Space Portal and would like to know more about what we cover and how we can support you, your young person and your family, have a scroll down to see what is currently live in The Portal and what is coming soon.
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Current Workshops In The Portal

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January 2024

Laura Hellfeld

What Really Happens to Us When We Get Stressed: A Look at How Stress & Hormones Impact Wellness and Behaviour

February 2024

Saphiah Otuo-Mensah

Navigating Neurodiversity Together: Workshop for Parents embracing Neurodiversity during their child's assessment process

March 2024

Jess Garner

What does 'neuro-affirming' actually mean?

Current Webinars In The Portal

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January 2024

Victoria Robinson

An Introduction to Sensory Processing Difficulties

February 2024

Teresa Joy Mack

Beyond Silence: Embracing Grief as ND Parent and Self

March 2024

Alice McSweeney

"I am the rainbow and the rainbow is me"

Live Workshops Coming Up

More information coming soon

12th April 2024

Rachel Gavin

Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII) and the matter of parent blame

10th May 2024

Marie Ralph

Comorbidity between Tourettes and OCD

14th June 2024

Details coming soon...

Pre-recorded Webinars Coming Up

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26th April 2024 

Tigger Pritchard

Sensory Needs Throughout the Seasons

24th May 2024

Heidi Steel

Unschooling and Home Education

28th June 2024

Details coming soon...

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LIVE WORKSHOP: Laura Hellfeld | What Really Happens to Us When We Get Stressed A Look at How Stress & Hormones Impact Wellness and Behaviour

Emotional well-being, distress behaviour and self-care tasks like eating and sleeping all tend to be at the top of concerns that we have for our young people. And to be honest, for ourselves as well.

While we often see and address these areas as separate, this webinar will have us learn how they are all inter-connected via the stress response system. We’ll be taking a bit of a deep dive into the nervous system and stress hormones. Think Mrs. Frizzle and the Magic School Bus shrunk down and following what happens when someone’s stress response system is activated.

LIVE WORKSHOP : Saphiah Otuo-Mensah | Navigating Neurodiversity Together: A Workshop for Parents embracing Neurodiversity during their child's assessment process

Passionate about fostering holistic well-being, Saphiah is a Neurodevelopmental Clinical Nurse Specialist and Qualified Therapeutic social worker and the founder of Mensah Wellbeing. Dedicated to empowering individuals and families. With expertise in assessments, post-diagnostic support, and therapeutic intervention, they guide unique journeys towards self discovery, personal growth and resilience.

LIVE WORKSHOP: Jess Garner | What does 'neuro-affirming' actually mean?

Drawing together research, community voices and personal experience Jess will provide an overview of perspectives on 'neuro-affirming'.

This workshop is not about telling you what and who to use to support your family, rather it is about giving you the knowledge to make an informed decision yourself.

CURRENT WEBINAR: Victoria Robinson | An Introduction to Sensory Processing Difficulties

In this webinar, we explore an introduction to sensory processing difficulties to help you understand your child’s sensory needs, how they impact on their day to day life and how to begin addressing their challenges using simple sensory solutions.

Vicky is a Children's Occupational Therapist specialising in children with sensory processing difficulties. She helps parents to truly understand and meet their child's sensory needs through her specialist online therapy services.

CURRENT WEBINAR: Teresa Joy Mack | Beyond Silence: Embracing Grief as ND Parent and Self

In this webinar, 'Beyond Silence: Embracing Grief as ND Parent and Self,' where we peel back the layers of hidden grief. We will acknowledge these challenges, provide a space to speak our emotional truths, and explore the importance of setting inside boundaries to preserve our well-being.

But that's not all – unexpected grief can also stem from late diagnoses. Discovering that both parent and child are neurodivergent later in life can trigger a unique kind of grief, one that requires its own path to healing.

We'll also delve into vital self-care strategies, including the transformative '1% rule' that empowers us to make ourselves a priority. Parenthood isn't without its struggles, but by embracing our vulnerabilities and truths, we can find strength in community and in ourselves.

CURRENT WEBINAR: Alice McSweeney | “I am the rainbow and the rainbow is me”

“I am the rainbow and the rainbow is me” is a colourful rhyming story book, that gives children an insight into one little girls positive autistic identity.

This picture book has been written with neuro-affirming language, from a perspective of looking at differences as being something to nurture, embrace and celebrate. It helps to support children of all neurotypes in embracing the beauty that comes from neurodiversity.

In this story some lovely qualities of this autistic character can be explored. Two pages can be found in the back of the book for the child to personalise and for them to think about their own amazing qualities, that are unique to them.

LIVE WORKSHOP COMING UP: Rachel Gavin | Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII) and the matter of parent blame

During the live workshop, Rachel will be covering:
What FII is.
The fact that it is not an actual diagnosis.
What the red flags are for FII.
The research behind FII which was done by Dr Gullon- Scott and Long 2022.
What needs to change around assessments for autistics, neurodivergents and the common assessment framework

LIVE WORKSHOP:COMING UP: Marie Ralph | Comorbidity between Tourettes and OCD

In this workshop, Marie will expand on her presentation for this year’s PDA Space Summit.  She explains in more detail, the comorbidity between Tourettes and OCD.  Marie will go through the science, sharing the self-harm aspects.

PRE-RECORDED WEBINAR COMING UP: Tigger Pritchard | Sensory Needs Throughout the Seasons

Your young person may not know when they are hot or thirsty due to their interoception. It can be difficult to empathise if you know when you are hot/cold or thirsty because ‘shouldn’t’ everyone feel like this.

The more I’ve learnt about sensory processing, the more I understand that neurodivergent people can feel certain senses as a physical pain. This is why your young person could really struggle in the sun, including having to wear sunscreen.

PRE-RECORDED WEBINAR COMING UP: Heidi Steel | Unschooling and Home Education

In this webinar, Heidi busts some of the myths around home education, concerns around deregistering in the UK and from specialist school settings.

Heidi explains what home education is and how to unschool your young person.

She shares how to turn everyday activities into learning experiences.