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Preparing for the Holidays, Christmas and Family Gatherings
Thursday, 3 December at 8pm
This webinar is for any parent, extended family members, teachers or carer who is working with a child with additional needs - ADHD, ASD, ODD, PDA, RAD, Rare Chromo, trauma, out of home care or any other additional need.
This time of the year can really get a bit crazy! In this Webinar, Bobbi will provide you with a tonne of practical hints, tips and strategies to make these periods of time more successful.
What do you tell family members when you have to leave the Christmas party after 10 minutes because your child has already had a meltdown? What to do if you child loses it when you get home? How do you manage what your child eats at these crazy events? How do you get time to talk to your family and meet your child’s needs as well? How do you support your students to manage the reduced structure in the classroom, excursions and clean-up days?
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
A recording will be made available, so register even if you aren't able to join us live.
Note: this is a webinar, so you won't be visible on zoom. However, you can post questions in the comment.
Demand Avoidance Management Strategies
Watch the latest webinar Demand Avoidance Management Strategies with Bobbi Cook. The content in this webinar provides strategies for managing demand avoidance, including how to communicate to avoid demand.
If you haven't watched the first webinar on Pathological Demand Aversion Syndrome (PDAS), please watch this below, as it will give you an understanding of what PDAS is.
The PDAS Society UK explains demand avoidance like this:
‘Demand avoidance’ involves not being able to do certain things at certain times, either for yourself or others, and also refers to the things we do in order to avoid demands. It’s a natural human trait – avoiding demands is something we all do to different degrees and for different reasons. When demand avoidance is more significant there can be many possible reasons for this – it could be situational; relate to physical or mental health; or relate to a developmental or personality condition – so a PDA profile isn’t always the best explanation.
Need Professional Support?
We offer a 3 session intensive to help inform your next NDIS plan or do a one off consult to point you in the right direction.
Find out more about our intensive sessions.
hey warrior book
Recommended book that Bobbi mentioned on the webinar - hey warrior by Karen Young. You can get it from Hey Sigmund which is Karen Young's website. You can also google where to get it locally to you. You may also like to purchase it from
Capacity vs Ability
Our children may have the ability to do something oneday and suddenly don't seem to be able to do it the next day. They may have the ability, but they don't always have the capacity. Us adults even experience this too. We know how to cook a great healthy meal, but sometimes we just don't have the capacity.
Sue Larkey - Podcast on Executive Function
Bobbi mentioned how many PDA children do not have a high level of executive function. You can find out more about this on Sue Larkey's podcast on executive function.
"Impaired Executive Function can impact significantly on students with autism's /ADHD/ ADD/ ODDs ability to learn and engage in busy learning environments. Executive functioning refers to the part of your brain that organises, prioritises as well as regulates emotions. However, I prefer to refer to it as the 'Air Traffic Control,' as just like air traffic control has to manage thousands of planes on countless runways with perfect timing, students have to manage information and distractions. Executive Functioning can be improved."
Pathological Demand Aversion Syndrome PDAS
We held our first Webinar in October 2020. We were overwhelmed by the response and intend to host more soon.
Here is the recording of the first one which was on Pathological Demand Aversion Syndrome PDAS.
The recommended management strategies for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are different from PDAS strategies. The effective strategies for PDAS include a person centred approach, negotiation, collaboration, and flexibility.
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You can find out more about the Intensives mentioned on the webinar here.