MY BACK POCKET

Welcome To Your Back Pocket

You can scroll through the items below to discover our 21 webinars available for you to watch as many times as you need, simply click on the image and you will be taken to the speakers page where you will have access to the video. Or, if you know who you want to watch, you can use the menu above to jump straight to the speaker!

Dr Amanda delivers a 20 minute introduction to the psychology of behaviour and emotional regulation. She focuses on strategies of managing challenging behaviour in children and proactive support that can be implemented to lower baseline anxiety and support regulation of emotions. Get yourself a notepad and pen for this concise webinar absolutely crammed full of useful information for both parents and professionals managing challenging behaviour in young people. 

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Andrew delivers a 60 minute workshop on bereavement and how to talk to children in early years and foundation stages about bereavement, specifically where the specialist needs of children with autism must be considered. In the current corona virus crisis children are unfortunately surrounded by increased news of grief and bereavement.

Andrew delivers a second 45 minute webinar, drawing on his experience and observations from his years as a SEND educational trainer and consultant. Piecing together the different components and challenges of PDA to create a cohesive approach to avoid “The Great Custard Pie Fight”.

While children and young people with PDA can find it difficult to follow an adult’s agenda in the classroom, that this is no reason for the learning to stop. Drawing on her experience as a classroom teacher and director of an alternative learning provision, Clare explores ways in which we can follow the child or young person’s lead when supporting their learning. 

Includes how to design a child led curriculum, create invitations to learn and allow children and young people to develop expertise that they can share with others. This 30 minute presentation may be particularly useful for teachers and support staff in schools, and parents who home educate their children with PDA.

This 50 minute session takes a look at how we can better understand some of the behaviours seen in PDA, underlying causes and some strategies for supporting it. It will consider the importance of understanding the significance of anxiety and sensory issues, and how using a low arousal approach can help reduce the risk of escalating behaviour. This will be presented using a mix of lived experience and research to highlight key areas. Additional printable material included. 

Francesca discusses the ways that realising and learning about PDA and autism in general have shaped the way she runs her business and helped her create a company that helps people on the spectrum find a fitting job/starting a business built around their needs. This 20 minute webinar gives you access to a free 20 minute consultation for those who may want to know more about the support she can offer. 

Harry takes you on an 80 minute 3D tour of his PDA mind so you can better understand your child, pupil or partner with PDA.

Taking what has been written about PDA, and what has been observed (and unravelling the diagnostic criteria), providing descriptive insights into the internal phenomena; from triggers to meltdowns to fantasy & role-play to social obsessions to loss of control to impulses and just about anything else one commonly associates with PDA. Discussing the positive and more endearing sides of PDA, Harry explains how his condition can be a gift or a curse depending on the situation.

Jessica delivers a 35 minute presentation introducing how we can understand PDA Through a Polyvagal Lens. She will explore Neuroception, a brief introduction to Polyvagal Theory and how this lens shifting paradigm can help us to support our Neurodivergent children.

Behaviour is a skill. Whilst we can expect people to have patience with someone who has not mastered, for example, the skill of reading, the same is often not true with regards to behaviour. This lack of understanding from professionals and peers exacerbates barriers to inclusion, and has a knock on effect on the mental health and self esteem of the person developing their skills.

This 50 minute talk examines the barriers to understanding we face, and gives some simple practical strategies for tackling them.

We will all use behaviour to meet our needs whether this is positive behaviour or behaviour that is seen to be negative. This is a natural part of life.

This 70 minute webinar explains what a function of a behaviour is, how this can indicate issues around the emotions and some simple adjustments that can be made to support the emotions; explores how holistic therapies can assist in developing emotional regulation; and how often people do the right thing but at the wrong time.

 

Join PDA adult and author, Julia, for a brilliant insight into the PDA mind as she has a candid chat with Nicola Reekie about all things PDA. Topics include reflecting on behaviour as a child, meltdowns, periods and the demands of special interest. Settle in, grab a drink and get comfy for 70 minutes of brilliant conversation.

 

Not all children and young people develop selective mutism but for those who do, it can be a complete nightmare. For a Speech and language therapist it’s the ultimate double whammy! Parents worry and school staff feel lost. Everyone wants to know what to do but could they be making the situation worse?

Libby explores this in her 40 minute webinar which looks at how we can understand the combination of difficulties better to help the situation at home and school. 

 
The tool known as ‘EFT Tapping’ utilises a few accupoints on your own body to send soothing signals through to the part of your brain responsible for the fight, flight, freeze, fawn response signals to your mind and body.
 
In this 70 minute webinar Lindsay explains and demonstrates the simple self help technique EFT Tapping for Stress & Anxiety and talks about the opportunities for growth and personal development for parents.
 
Michael, a specialist SEN solicitor delivers a clear and succinct 20 minute talk on navigating the legal system in England and Wales to ensure that the educational needs of a PDA child are met.
 
As PDA is not yet considered a legally diagnosable condition in England and Wales, Michael discusses the difficulties parents can face when trying to find the support they need for their PDA children to access education, addressing the needs that these children may require and how these challenges can be overcome by schools.

In this 50 minute webinar Nicola draws from over 20 years of experience of having managed the most challenging classes/students and motivating/inspiring staff to help implement changes. This experience extends across early years, primary and secondary in both mainstream and special needs schools. From this she talks about how to develop mental toughness and develop that quality in kids.

As a solution focused therapist Nicola supports parents to empty their overflowing emotional buckets by using hypnotherapy, EMDR, neuro linguistic coaching as well as Theta healing, uniquely combined to create individually tailored sessions.

In this 60 minute webinar Nicola introduces some of these techniques and talks about how you can join her community to begin your journey to self care so that you can be your strongest, calmest and most resilient self to bring calm to your child and family.

Sally Russell OBE is a trustee and chair of the PDA Society. A registered charity in the UK, PDA Society provide training, resources and collate research to advance the support provided for PDA. In this exclusive video, Sally delivers the essentials on PDA.

 
Rosie combines her experience of her own healing along with professional training in this 40 minute webinar. She has undertaken 5 years of transpersonal integrative psychotherapy training, had a private psychotherapy practice for three years and currently hosts a number of emotional and spiritual support circles.
 
The spiritual principles she shares are from her own experience, strength and hope, how they have positively impacted her PDA family, principles of humility, tolerance, acceptance, honesty, open-mindedness, surrender, faith and willingness.
 

Sian is a therapeutic coach, educator, and early and complex trauma specialist. She combined her personal experiences with professional training and experiences to create an unique, ground breaking approach to understanding and healing developmental and complex trauma.

In this 75 minute webinar teaches parents and professionals the language of the nervous system so they can show up for themselves, their children and others in the best possible way and create real lasting change in their lives, in their families, and in the world.

 

Mum of two girls, now aged 15 and 13. Her eldest is neurotypical and her youngest was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2 and a half. Steph takes viewers on a 30 minute ‘walk’ through their lives, starting with that early diagnosis, and the subsequent ‘lightbulb moment’ discovering PDA, to  experiences in both mainstream and special education – looking at what worked well and successes, as well as what could have been improved on. She shares the differences in parenting which have been needed for her PDA girl compared to her neurotypical girl.

Terms & Conditions Of Use

These Webinar videos are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.

We consider personal use to include the owner of this back pocket pass who may watch as many times as needed with their immediate family and friends who have direct contact with a person they may be seeking support and guidance for; we want to help support you so that all PDA individuals are surrounded by the best support network they can be. However you may not share these videos in anyway either physically or digitally. If you are looking to share with a school or organisation then they will require their own pass. Please encourage them to email us at nicola@positivepda.com to discuss suitable options. 

Videos may NOT be downloaded, reproduced, copied, screenshot, shared or replicated in any way either digitally or physically.

All rights and intellectual property remain with the producer of the video.

The views and information provided in each video are those of the Speaker.

Positive PDA take every care to safeguard our audience, but we cannot take responsibility for any of the advice or comments offered in these videos; nor any actions that arise as a result of viewing a webinar. Each person is beautifully unique and so what works for one person may not work for another. Viewers are advised to use their own judgement before investing in any course of action or implementing any of the advice, strategies or guidance in these webinars.

Videos in no way constitute medical or legal advice or diagnosis.  

Please always seek the help of a professional, details of where to start can be found on the PDA Society website here or contact our speakers directly on the links under their videos. 

 

Please note, on this occasion all the videos have been made by Speakers based in the UK. Guidelines and diagnosis criteria will inevitably vary depending on your location. Please seek advice on what diagnostic criteria, resources and support are available in your area. The PDA Society has a few links to help start you off in the right direction that you can find here