The course is made up of 5 units, each will require approximately 3 hours of study.
Unit content is guided by professionally recognised theory and evidence:
Unit 1 - What really is Autism and Asperger’s?
This unit provides an overview of what autism really is. You will begin to explore the wide array of behaviours associated with autism and start to recognise these behaviours. As part of the course activity you will reflect on the individuality of autism and describe how you define autism through your ePortfolio
Unit 2 – Comorbidity – Considerations for Interventions.
Building on the areas explore in Unit 1, Unit 2 looks at autism in combination with other diagnoses: comorbidity. You will explore 5 behavioural themes with a specific focus on the communication theme. Using case studies you will add new perspectives and diversity to the definition of autism and how we can interact with it.
Unit 3 – The Individual with Autism – Tailored Intervention Strategies
During the third unit you will focus on the individual with autism regarding their internal and external context, considering factors such as age groups, gender and socio-economic factors. Professor Simon Bignell will discuss the impact these factors have on potential interventions.
Unit 4 - Interventions and Strategies for Autism and Related Conditions
Unit 4 uncovers different intervention strategies and highlights their strengths and weaknesses. Previous activities throughout the course will enable you to link possible interventions to behaviours.
Unit 5 - Routes to Intervention: Getting help and support
The last unit allows you to discover what help is available to you as a parent or carer. You will be able to find help and guidance in how to choose the right solutions for your child.