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Raelene Dundon - Anxiety and Pathological Demand Avoidance in Autism

  • 7 Sep 2020
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Zoom Online Meeting (Joining link provided in registration email)
  • 17


  • Must be current (paid up) member of Aspergers Victoria. Partners/children may be registered as a guest under this ticket type.
  • Not yet a member of Aspergers Victoria.
    If you wish to become a member before registering , please go to You can then book at the Member ticket price.
  • Member of the existing AV Volunteers Team or special guest who has received a VIP invitation containing our specific celebration registration code.

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Join us to hear from Raelene Dundon, Educational and Developmental Psychologist and the Director of Okey Dokey Childhood Psychology in Melbourne. She has extensive experience working with Neurodivergent children and their families, providing educational, social/emotional and parenting support. Raelene is also the author of 3 books published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, and is a regular speaker at conferences both in Australia and overseas.

Raelene will share her thoughts around the interesting topic of Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) and anxiety in Autism. PDA is considered to be a subtype of Autism characterised by extreme levels of anxiety, resulting in resistance and avoidance of everyday demands and what appear as 'oppositional' behaviours. This presentation will include a description of what PDA is, how it presents, and a review of the recommended approaches for supporting children with managing their PDA at home, at school and in the community.

Time: 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm

Timing on the night:

7.30 pm: Welcome and introduction from Tamsin (President)

7.35 pm: Raelene's presentation

8.30 pm: Question and answer session

9.00 pm: Informal chat (optional)

9.30 pm: Event concludes.

Cost: $10 Aspergers Vic Members, $17 Non-Members (subsidized tickets courtesy of Dept of Human Services Grant). Please book and pay online before attending, You will receive the link to join the meeting when your payment is done and you will receive a Event Confirmed email containing this link.

Who should attend: This event is suitable for Aspergers Victoria members, families, professionals, or anyone else interested in this topic. Suitable age: teenagers and upwards. 

The Zoom session will be facilitated by:

  • Speaker: Raelene Dundon
  • Tamsin Jowett - AV Volunteer President
  • Lyndel Kennedy - Events & Young Adults Team Volunteer
  • Paige Markin - AV Admin Support

What is Zoom?

Zoom is a program that allows video, web and audio conferencing.You can download it free onto your computer or phone/tablet. Download the AV Zoom Guide (pdf)

STEP 1: Before the Meeting: Make sure you download Zoom

Download onto your computer:

  1. Visit, locate Zoom Client for Meetings and click Download.
  2. Follow the download and installation prompts (you do not need admin access).
Download onto your phone / tablet:

1. Go to the App store of your device (e.g. App Store or Google Play).

2. Search for Zoom

3. Download it, as per other apps.

STEP 2: At the Meeting time: Log into Zoom

1. Open up the Zoom application

1a.  If using a computer - Go to "Settings", and do "Audio" -> "Sound and "Microphone" checks before you start.

2. Enter or click on the Meeting ID you've been provided (in the confirmed registration email). The host will receive a 'door bell' that you are waiting and will admit you to the meeting.

Participate via phone line only:

1. Dial in via one of these numbers:  +61 3 7018 2005 Australia +61 8 7150 1149 Australia +61 2 8015 6011 Australia. Find your local number:

2. Key in the Meeting ID (from your registration confirmed email)

Once you have entered the Zoom meeting room:
  • Your microphone will need to be MUTED  (to minimize background noise)
  • Video - you can choose if its on or off   (On = more internet used & you are visible)
  • Q&A will be submitted in writing via the Q&A or chatbox functions
  • If you want to contribute something to the session chat, you can type your message, either to 'everyone' or to the person you wish to see it (private chat). We recommend chat is kept to a minimum during the talk so we don't distract attendees. Please wait for the Q&A timing. 
  • It will be recorded and your contribution may also be recorded. 
More instructions of how to use Zoom in the meeting will be provided at the start of the meeting. 

Contact Details:  

ABN 47 066 180 983

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