Special Needs Circle - East Midlands

Charity Supporting families with children with special needs & disabilities
living in the East Midlands

PDA Seminar with Dr HIlary Dyer

Friday 14th December 10.30 - 1.15pm.

Emmanuel Church Hall, Swadlincote

Parent Carers £10pp pus booking fee

Professionals £30pp plus booking fee


Dr Hilary Dyer will talk about the distinctive presentation of youngsters with PDA, and how PDA differs from other conditions such as Conduct Disorder, and Attachment Disorder. She will also expand on the diagnostic criteria for the condition, and talk about how she assesses and diagnoses children and youngsters with PDA. Dr Dyer will share information about the approaches, strategies and interventions which can work well for youngsters with PDA, drawn from her own clinical research and practice and others'. She will use current and recent case studies to talk about the provision and placement options for youngsters with PDA. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end either in the group, or individually.

Dr Hilary Dyer AFBPsS FRSA is a Specialist Consultant Educational Psychologist in Independent Practice. Based near Lichfield in Staffordshire, Dr Dyer travels to a youngster’s home and school to conduct assessments.

Dr Dyer is an acknowledged specialist in Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome. She assesses and diagnoses children and young people from 4 to 16 years who may be presenting with this condition. Her PDA assessments, diagnoses and reports have been very favourably evaluated by SEND Tribunal Judges, Paediatricians, and parents alike.

Dr Dyer is also commissioned to conduct PDA assessments and diagnoses by Clinical Commissioning Groups in the NHS and by Local Authorities who require her acknowledged expertise in Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome.

10.30am arrival and refreshments

11am Dr Hilary Dyer

1.00pm Finish

Carers £10pp plus booking fee - Professionals £30pp plus booking fee. To book click on the heading above. 


Understanding Sensory Processing with Alison Hart 

Tuesday 22nd January 9.30am - 2.30pm 

Swadlincote, Derbyshire

Cost £10pp plus booking fee for parent /carer

Professionals please email [email protected] for cost.


This course is for parents and carers and will give you an in-depth understanding of sensory processing and how it can affect you child. Our special guest Alison Hart, the founder of Children’s Choice Therapy Service Ltd will be talking about the eight senses and how they affect us. This course will look at some of the neurology and theory behind Sensory Integration, and Sensory Processing Disorders. It will think about the senses (in a practical way) and explore a little how Sensory Processing Disorder can feel and can impact every day tasks, learning and behaviours. The course will begin to consider strategies and approaches to support our children with SPD.


This course is 4 hours long. Please bring a packed lunch with you. Drinks will be provided. The hall can sometimes be cold so please wear layers!


About Alison Hart MBAOT MScOT(Community) FHEA

Alison Hart qualified in Occupational Therapy from Derby School of Occupational Therapy in 1993. Following various physical acute and oncology work, she commenced in Paediatrics in 2000, becoming lead Allied Health Professional for Children’s services within locality in 2003 until 2009. Alison is currently senior lecture practitioner at Derby University, as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and works independently with children and young people. Alison has an MSc in Occupational Therapy (community) and completed MSc module accreditation from Cardiff University for Sensory Integration.

Tickets cost £10 plus booking fee and are available to parent carers only at this reduced rate. If you are a professional and would like to attend please get in touch for prices.