Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that is usually first diagnosed in childhood and affects people to varying degrees of severity in many ways across all areas of life. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. A person with autism typically has difficulty communicating and interacting with other people and may have characteristically repetitive patterns of behaviour and specialist or narrow areas of interests or activities.

Autism can be thought of as a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioural challenges, rather than as a single condition. In this sense, autism can be extremely challenging to identify accurately. Key areas of difference in autistic people are how a person interacts socially, their sensory processing difficulties, their information processing (thinking), and their communication. Each of these considerations can differ greatly between people with a diagnosis.

By training observation skills (educational) professionals are able to respond to this spectrum of behaviours.

This course aims to equip professionals with the latest insights of autism as well as a present a framework for observing and responding to behaviours, used and presented through case studies at a school rated outstanding by Ofsted. The video case studies will allow professionals to train their observation skillset with each observation activity linking to the theoretical materials provided.

This professional development course will provide you with:

  • Case studies and knowledge to help you recognise the experiences of families that include members on the autism spectrum.
  • Behavioural examples of autism and possible intervention strategies to help you identify the support needs of families that include members on the autism spectrum.
  • A fundamental introduction to the different ways autism displays, allowing you to understand the academic knowledge and to enabling you to respond to the changing support needs of families and pupils on the autism spectrum throughout their lives.

Learning and assessment

You will study this course 100% online. It comprises a range of activities including:

  • recognising and analysing behaviour in case studies, that are introduced in the theory
  • viewing a variety intervention strategies at a SEN school, rated outstanding by Ofsted
  • using 5 behavioural themes that you can apply to identify challenging behaviours
  • determining how other conditions impact on how autism displays in behaviour
  • establishing the wider network of support and training available to you and/or your pupils and clients

There is no obligation for you to undertake every activity, but being involved in all aspects of the course will help you to achieve the learning objectives that have been outlined in the course.

There is no graded assessment. Instead, you will receive a badge for each completed Unit, and then upon completion of the whole course, you will be awarded with an e-certificate.

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How to enrol for the Autism Spectrum: Directions for Education Professionals course?

All of our short online courses are delivered through an easy-to-use online learning platform, which you can enrol from directly.

Course requirements:

The course is widely available for anyone to take part regardless of age, location, level of education or professional work experience.

You will, however, need access to the internet whether it is on your PC, tablet, mobile or other electronic device. You will also need a valid email address to register on the online learning platform in order to take part in the course.

You will be required to agree to the terms and conditions, which will be available when you enrol, before you start the course.

Learners should have an understanding of the English Language and the ability to study in English.