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AoC Supporting Learners with Pathological Demand Avoidance masterclass - June 2024

Venue: Online

Date: 19 June 2024

Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Fee: From £50 +VAT for AoC members

Due to demand, a new date has been added for this masterclass.

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a complex profile of autism. The traditional approaches used for learners with autism do not work for learners with PDA and can be counterproductive. This masterclass with Laura Kerbey will give delegates a greater understanding of PDA, the impact PDA has on individuals and effective approaches to ensure that PDAers can meet their potential in the learning environment.

The masterclass will cover:

  • What is PDA?
  • How does PDA differ from other presentations of Autism
  • Effective support strategies for learners with PDA
  • How to support with high anxiety and behaviour that can challenge

Laura Kerbey
Laura Kerbey photo

I have been working with autistic children and teenagers for over 20 years. I started my teaching career in Further Education, and have worked in the Supported Learning Department of 2 large mainstream colleges teaching numeracy, literacy, life skills, and childcare. I also worked as the Life Skills Coordinator at a residential college for young people with severe physical disabilities.

My passion has always been working with autistic young people - I believe that they have so much to offer, and yet the education system often fails them because staff do not have the right skills and experience. This is something I am passionate about changing! I am an experienced trainer and really enjoy training others.

I have a degree in Psychology, a Post Graduate Certificate in Special Education (Autism) a PCGE in Lifelong Learning and hold NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship). I am also a Surrey Autism Champion and have a NOCN Level 3 Certificate in Working with Students with ADHD and a Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. I am ADOS trained and enjoy working as part of a multi-disciplinary team carrying out assessments for possible autism and demand avoidance.

Laura Kerbey photo