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The PDA Nurture Programme - PPP

  • Kennet Valley Free Church Carters Rise Calcot RG31 7YT United Kingdom (map)

Join Harry Thompson, Jodie Isitt and Dr Glòria Durà-Vilà in Reading, Berkshire for a PDA Event delivered from three different perspectives.

About this Event

By courtesy of Kennet Valley Free Church, Harry Thompson, Jodie Isitt and Dr Glòria Durà-Vilà are hosting a brand new event - The PDA Nurture Programme - PPP. Each of the three P's represent a persepctive from which each host will be speaking: Personal, Parental and Professional, all on the topic of Pathological Demand Avoidance - a behaviour profile within the autism spectrum.


Firstly, Jodie Isitt - mother of three autistic children (one of whom has PDA), manager of the blog, Autism with Love and the Author of children's book 'Autism with Lola' - will be offering a fantstic insight into parenting PDA. 

Jodie introduces herself as: "A mother of three amazingly determined Autistic children and I am also a carer for my daughter Lola aged 9. Lola is Autistic with a demand avoidant profile and has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She had an extremely difficult time whilst attending a mainstream primary because of her ability to mask her difficulties. She also had some trouble regulating her sensory differences which were perceived as bad behaviour. When Lola transferred into a specialist primary school I found that I was having trouble accepting I would always be a carer, and I wanted to use my creativity to help others realise that you can build something around being a parent/carer and whilst doing that helping to change peoples perceptions of disabilities including autism."

Next up, Harry Thompson, the very eloquent author and speaker will deliver a talk in which he will offer unique, descriptive insights into PDA from a first person perspective. 

Harry Thompson is a public speaker, PDA Ambassador, expert by experience and consultant, YouTuber, and the author of 'The PDA Paradox - The Highs And Lows of My Life on a Little-Known Part of The Autism Spectrum'. Harry is heavily involved in projects and research on all topics around PDA and Neurodiversity. He dedicates most of his time travelling around the country giving talks and mentoring children with PDA. Harry is currently writing his second book which will be a fictionalised children's story written from the first-person perspective of a neurodivergent child. 

And finally, Dr Glòria Durà-Vilà, MD, MRCPsych, MSc, PhD will talk about PDA from a clinician's perspective. 

Dr Glòria Durà-Vilà, MD, MRCPsych, MSc, PhD is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Medical Lead for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Surrey and Borders NHS Foundation Trust. She is Honorary Lecturer at the Department of Mental Health, University College London. She was previously Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College London for four years. She is a member of the executive committees of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Special Interest Groups: Transcultural Psychiatry, and Spirituality and Psychiatry.

She has authored two books published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. My Autism Book. A Child’s Guide to their Autistic Spectrum Diagnosis (2013) which is tailored to the needs and experiences of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): it explains what an ASD diagnosis means and encourages an exploration of the child's strengths and differences. She is passionate about communicating the ASD diagnosis to the parents and the child in the best possible way. She has also written Sadness, Depression and the Dark Night of the Soul. Transcending the Medicalisation of Sadness (2017). Her new book on Me and my PDA: A Guide to Pathological Demand Avoidance for Young People, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, is came out earlier this year.

Following the presentations, there will be a Q&A session where you will have the opportunity to ask the speakers whatever you want.


Doors open at 13.15 for a 13.30 start, and the programme will finish at around 15.30. Upon conclusion of the event, there will be opportunities to network, meet and chat with the speakers, enjoy refreshments and purchase any or all of the speaker's books. The day itself will wrap up at around 16.30/16.45.

We do hope you are able to make this wonderful opportunity to engage with some of the people who are most able to explain how life works - and doesn’t - with Pathological Demand Avoidance. 

*If you are a parent hoping to attend, and you are planning on bringing your child, please note that our cut-off age for under 18s is 13 years old. Thank you.*

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