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Thu, 18 Jul


Online webinar and meeting

Fear Mechanisms in Neurodiversity — and How to Help

Free online Davis methods webinar by neurodiversity expert Richard Whitehead. Followed by optional on-camera "coffee meeting" for informal chat.

Fear Mechanisms in Neurodiversity — and How to Help
Fear Mechanisms in Neurodiversity — and How to Help

Time & Location

18 Jul 2024, 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 neurodivergent individuals can be liberated from paralysing fear and anxiety mechanisms. You will discover:

— specific ways in which neurodivergent individuals 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 neurodivergent individuals to become who they wish to be.

Your Presenter

Richard Whitehead is Director of Davis UK & Ireland. He is a workshop  presenter and specialist in the Davis methods and is personally acquainted with Ronald Davis, who is author of the internationally best-selling book, "The Gift of Dyslexia" and co-author of "Autism and the Seeds of Change". 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 books, "Why Tyrannosaurus But Not If? — The  Dyslexic Blueprint For The Future of Education" and "Counting On Fingers: Why Some Bright And Creative People Struggle With Numbers And Maths, And How That Can Be Changed". He has developed "Davis Parent Power — Dyslexia", an in-depth support course for parents of bright but struggling learners.

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 ( He has conducted webinars on multi-sensory learning for Operation Diversity, the University of Chester and the SEND Group. In 2022, 2023 and 2024, Richard was a guest speaker at the Dyslexia Show in Birmingham.

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