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Earlybird for PDA

(7 Posts)
milkandmarmite Mon 15-Feb-16 17:11:57

I have been invited to attend the NAS earlybird course. My son has a diagnosis of PDA but - typically of PDA - he is good socially, no delay in speech and language etc.

Would this course still be benefit to us? Has anyone else attended with DC who have PDA?

PolterGoose Mon 15-Feb-16 17:42:13

My ds has a lot of demand avoidance features as part of his AS, I found Early Bird Plus helpful, the facilitators were fairly adaptable even though our children were all very different.

Ineedmorepatience Mon 15-Feb-16 17:47:19

Dd3 doesnt have a dx of PDA she has ASD but is demand avoidant particularly when she is stressed!

I havent done early bird but did the training to deliver the Cygnet course which is the version for older children I think!

For me any training and or additional awareness is a good thing! Attending lots of different courses has helped me to develop my own parenting style, I have been able to pick and choose the bits I like and learn by trial and error!

So for me, yes it would be worth it but dont go there thinking it will change your life! Go there thinking it might offer you some solutions!

Good luck flowers

PolterGoose Mon 15-Feb-16 18:02:58

What was really helpful at the one I attended was learning about local services/provision, and getting to see resources and books in the flesh iyswim? Some of the course content was very good, some was stuff most of us have worked out for ourselves and some was a bit pants and not relevant, but I am sure you will take something positive from every session.

RoaringFirePlease Mon 15-Feb-16 18:32:24

One thing to bear in mind - A lot of people who do Earlybird like that they meet people with SEN children who have similar issues to their children and find it good to talk with like-minded people.

milkandmarmite Sun 28-Feb-16 07:47:45

Thanks so much for all your replies, I've decided to go along to the info session and see how I get on smile

lamya190 Mon 29-Feb-16 07:31:20

Hi all I'm currently attending the early bird course. To be honest the info you are taught can easily be accessed by going online and researching and on the NAS website. Even when we ask the trainers specific questions they answer with answrers which are quite vague and not a specific answer.

Having said that hearing other people's experiences with their children is very beneficial and more than the course itself! Before attending I did not know any families who had autistic children so it's nice to share experiences

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