Thu, 29 Jun|
Online webinar and meeting
Fear Mechanisms in Autism, ADHD and Dyslexia — and How to Help
Free online Davis methods webinar by neurodiversity expert Richard Whitehead. Followed by optional on-camera "coffee meeting" for informal chat.
Time & Location
29 Jun 2023, 19:30 – 21:00 BST
Online webinar and meeting
About the Event
Fear is an important survival mechanism. But when misdirected, it can paralyse a person, locking them into a cycle of limitation and recurring misfortune.
Autism, ADHD and dyslexia frequently come with heightened fear mechanisms. Typically, there is a combination of factors at work, rooted in an interplay between the way the individual naturally thinks and learns, the environment surrounding the individual, and previous life experiences.
This webinar examines how neurodiverse individuals can be liberated from paralysing fear and anxiety mechanisms. You will discover:
— specific ways in which neurodiverse indivuals experience the world differently from neurotypicals
— how these differences can lead to exceptional talent as well as life challenges
— how the Davis methods supply the missing pieces that empower neurodiverse individuals to become who they wish to be.
Richard Whitehead is Director of Davis Learning Foundation. He is a workshop presenter and specialist in the Davis methods and is personally acquainted with Ronald Davis, author of the internationally best-selling book, "The Gift of Dyslexia". Over the past two decades, he has helped hundreds of neurodiverse individuals to overcome learning challenges as a Davis Programme Facilitator.
Richard originally trained as a linguist and speaks six European languages. He is a Patoss-accredited Specialist SpLD Teacher Assessor and was Special Educational Needs Coordinator in a prestigious independent secondary school for six years. In this context, he frequently supported children and young people experiencing test anxiety and exam phobia. His extensive background in education includes time spent teaching in both the adult and mainstream secondary educational sectors.
Richard is author of the book, "Why Tyrannosaurus But Not If? — The Dyslexic Blueprint For The Future of Education". Alongside the book, he has developed free online courses for teachers and parents and an in-depth support course for parents of bright but struggling learners, delivered face-to-face and online.
Richard has written articles on neurodiverse learning for publications as diverse as Literacy Today, Green Parent Magazine and Personnel Today magazine and he has recorded video presentations on dyslexia for the Dystalk project (http://www.dystalk.com). He has conducted webinars on multi-sensory learning for Operation Diversity, the University of Chester and the SEND Group. In 2022 and 2023, Richard was a guest speaker at the Dyslexia Show in Birmingham.
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