Around 700,000 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum.  Together with their families, this means autism is a part of daily life for 2.8 million people.


This course is designed as an introduction to autism, for new starters or a refresher for existing staff to update their current knowledge.  


Learners will develop their understanding of the diverse condition of autism.  The aim of the course is to provide a better awareness of the term 'autism' and 'Autistic Spectrum Disorder' (ASD) and how to support individuals with autism.  


Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them. 


The course has been designed to be informative interactive and stimulating. To achieve this there is a mixture of teaching/learning methods, which include theory sessions, practical activities and group work.

Autism Awareness

  • On completion learners will understand:

    • What is meant by Autism
    • Characteristics of autism
    • Theories used in diagnosing the condition
    • Common misconceptions associated with Autism
    • Support networks that are available to the individual
    • The Person-Centred Approach to support individuals
    • Communication and social interaction in individuals with autism
    • Sensory processing, perception and cognition in individuals with autism
    • Supporting positive behaviour in individuals with autism